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Here Are 5 Key Steps To Change Any Bad Habit

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How to change a bad habit in 5 key steps

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I have done several readings in the past few months which have led me to experiment with a few clients on the power to change certain habits. Studies show that 45% of our behavior is not controlled by our consciousness, but our subconscious! This is called a habit.

It is generally much easier to develop bad habits than healthy habits. When it comes to changing habits, unfortunately, the bad are more tenacious than the good.

It is quite interesting to stop for a minute and see the impact that a habit can have on results, self-image and actions. A pretty fun exercise in sales, when the habit in question lends itself to it, is to estimate the cost in dollars of the opportunities lost because of a broken habit. However, you have to be able to identify the wrong crease that is causing sales performance issues, and it can be difficult when you do the exercise yourself. This is why I try to do it with the representatives and sales leaders I accompany. The results and reactions are generally very suggestive of the extent of the consequences of bad habits.

So here are 5 steps to help you work on your bad habits and change them for new ones that will help you.

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1. Define the objective to be achieved

Firstly, this will seem rather simplistic to you, but the starting point is to identify a reason why you would like to change a habit. You have to have a very clear understanding of why a change is necessary. Much like the widely used method for setting and achieving goals, the SMART method, you have to start with the specific aspect, the S in the method.

For example, there is no point in trying to be more active and going to exercise to lose a few extra pounds. This objective is not a sufficiently significant or specific reason. On the other hand, you might want to be more active, because you need to feel in full possession of your physical capacities to do limitless activities with your family and to be able to continue doing it as long as possible.

2. Understand what generates bad habit

The second step is to identify a trigger. What happens when you fall into your habit? What is the context, what is your feeling, what subject are we dealing with, etc.?

As an indication a few things are often likely to be the source of the habit are: a location, time, feelings, a person

Since habits are reassuring and are often linked to affect, it is necessary to understand how they develop in order to be able to modify them.

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3. Replace the habit

Now what could be a new habit that could replace the one you are trying to break away from. Something simple to start with: avoid stepping into a drastic change that will take you too far out of your comfort zone. I often think of the principle of the elastic: stretch it to the maximum, without before it whips your fingers by retracting or else it breaks. Identify one or two intermediate steps that will eventually lead you to a whole new habit.

4. Practice and repeat for at least 21 days

Then it's time to practice. You have to repeat the previous steps over and over. You've probably already read about the number of key days before establishing a new discipline, the same principle applies here! It reminds me of my years of ping pong (I've been on a team and done a few tournaments).

When we were practicing, and the intention was to improve my forehand, my coach didn't make me do mixed exercises! No, I passed more than 1000 balls in a practice to do only the forehand. It's the same principle here, focus on a habit you want to change and stay focused on your goal to repeat it enough times for the good habit to become unconscious, just like the bad one was.

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5. Set up a railing

Finally, it will not be perfect and expect to relapse a few times. It's normal. So plan in advance how to react when this happens. The idea is not to get caught short and make the process “fail-safe”.

It's your turn !

Try it and you will be pleasantly surprised! But don't forget to give yourself enough time and to assess yourself on your habits.

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