Top 10 Mistakes in Behavioural Change

Top 10 Mistakes in Behavior Change.

Take these at face-value: don’t read your own assumptions into them.  They seem like common-sense, but are more powerful, true, and uncommon as assumptions.  They are helpful when viewed as “freeing” statements of how things are, NOT implications of what you should do.

  1. Relying on willpower for long-term change: Imagine willpower doesn’t exist. That’s step 1 to a better future.
  2. Attempting big leaps instead of baby steps: Seek tiny successes – one after another.
  3. Ignoring how environment shapes behaviours: Change your context & you change your life.
  4. Trying to stop old behaviours instead of creating new ones: Focus on action, not avoidance.
  5. Blaming failures on lack of motivation: Solution – Make the behaviour easier to do.
  6. Underestimating the power of triggers: No behaviour happens without a trigger.
  7. Believing that information leads to action: We humans aren’t so rational.
  8. Focussing on abstract goals more than concrete behaviours: Abstract – Get in Shape. Concrete – Walk 15 mins today.
  9. Seeking to change a behaviour forever, not for a short time: A fixed period works better than “forever”.
  10. Assuming that behaviour change is difficult: Behaviour change is not so hard when you have the right process.

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