13 Things to Avoid When Changing Habits : zen habits - Deepstash

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” 

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13 Things to Avoid When Changing Habits : zen habits

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“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”

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Taking On Two Or More Habits At Once

No matter how much enthusiasm we have for the goals, taking on even just two habits at once is setting ourselves up for failure, because greatly increases ...

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Not Committing a Plan To Paper

Just telling ourselves that we’re going to change isn’t enough. You have to write down your goal and stick to it.

Write a start and an end date (30 days is a good time fr...

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Being Half-Committed

We often half-commit to change for a while, relapse, feel guilty about it and then start all over again. That often happens when we are not fully committed.

To commit fully, tell everyone ...

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Not Having Support

There will be times when you falter, and for those moments it’s ideal to have multiple supporters. Best yet, join a support group of people doing the same thing.

Make the commit...

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Not Thinking Through Your Motivation

Before you start your habit change, think through your motivations. Why are you doing this? What will keep you going when you forget your reasons?

Public commitment is a big motivator, but...

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Not Realizing The Obstacles

Not being cognizant of the obstacles makes you more likely to relapse and give up when you hit them. But having a plan to deal with the obstacles when the urges hit make you less likely to relap...

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7. Not Logging Your Progress
The benefits of keeping a log are:
  1. It reminds you to be consistent.
  2. It keeps you aware of what you’re doing.
  3. It motivates you, as you want to write good things in it.

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Having no Accountability

It’s not enough to make a big announcement and not follow through.

Regardless if you fail or succeed, it’s important to have a system that keeps you accountable and helps you reporting you...

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Not Knowing Your Triggers

When you try to break a habit, you have to know all of your triggers and then create a positive habit to replace the negative habit for each of the triggers.

Put your tr...

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Not Doing Your Reading

Read as much as possible about every habit change, before and during. This way you can find out strategies for success, potential obstacles, good tools that will help you to be successful...

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Changing focus too soon

We often refocus to other things a few weeks after starting a habit change. But the habit probably isn’t firmly ingrained by then, so you waste the time spent trying to form the new habit.&n...

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Not Being Consistent

If you attach a habit to a trigger, you have to do the habit every single time, immediately following the trigger. Being intermittent will not lead you to a habit.

Try not to miss a si...

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Quitting After Failure

If you fail a few times, don’t give up.

Just figure out why it happened, and plan to beat that obstacle next time. Then be as consistent as possible from th...

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