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Reinforce habits

Reinforce habits with belief and community.
When we tell stories of our own lives of making the desired change, it creates belief. When others chime in, it shows that achieving changes is possible for everyone.

Trick yourself

Take an existing cue you have, but trick yourself into triggering a different behavior.
If you want to quit coffee, you could give away the coffee machine and put a box of tea or a glass of water on the countertop.

Forming good habits

Habits are little chunks of auto-pilot behavior that get burned permanently into your mind. Once you develop a habit, you can never really delete it.

Habits start with a trigger, which sets off your automatic behavior. They end at a pleasant reward that reinforces your habit.

Make a new reward

Try to make a new reward that is similar to the old reward.
If it is a coffee habit, the reward is a warm beverage and an excuse to sit still and reflect. For that reason, a substitute like herbal tea would work.

Get your foot in the door

Use Keystone Habits to trigger other changes. It could be just "waking up". 

You know you have to wake up each day. Set a note for yourself that you'll notice when you wake up and compel yourself to take a step in the right direction. (Do one pushup before breakfast, for example.)

Find the trigger point of your habit

Describe your own behavior in detail, and search for clues you might have missed before. Find your trigger.
If you have a habit of making coffee, it might be triggered by entering the kitchen. Some people eat in response to boredom or buy stuff in response to their desires.

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