We all know bad habits are hard to break. In COVID times we’ve picked up our share of not so great habits – like watching too much TV – or hibernating at home. I’ll share a few ways to break bad habits, start good ones and provide downloadable MsWord worksheets to get you on your way! Having a coach holds you accountable for whatever transition you’re going through and increases your chance of success.
The seminal book “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg uses behavioral research to reveal the best way to break bad habits. Duhigg writes, it’s most effective to replace a bad habit with one that serves you. Example: Go from eating potato chips when watching TV to eating something healthly like fruits/vegetables. It can take six or more weeks to create or replace habits – but the payoff can lead to the life you really want.
Key Questions On Breaking Bad Habits:
- How will eliminating the bad habit benefit you?
- What are the main obstacles to breaking free of the habit?
- What are the triggers for my bad habit?
- What’s the real reward I’m looking to obtain? Is there another “good” habit that works?
- Download my “Breaking Bad Habits” worksheet. (Google: file & download)
Key Questions On Creating Good Habits:
- Why is creating a new habit important to you?
- What obstacles might you face when creating this habit?
- What steps can you take to stick to a new habit?
- Who are the people you can turn to for help with a good habit?
- What is the reward you want to get from a new good habit?
- Download my “Creating Good Habits” worksheet. (Google: file & download)
Taking Action: I want to learn about your situation and how you want to move forward. Contact me to explore your encore – or other transition. I provide written follow up summaries for every session. Create an action plan and make progress.