Forming New Habits Exercise
Get a piece of paper and draw a line down the middle of it. On the left hand side right out any results you are currently getting in your life that you are not happy with and you want to change. Do your best to have at least 5 different items on the left hand side.
Now on the right hand side write down a list of the results you do want to see in your life that you are currently not seeing. Ideally you will start by taking the bad things that you no longer want and flipping them to create the opposite, the new result that you do want in your life moving forward.
Once you have at least 5 items in both the left and right hand columns you then need to break each of bad results in the left hand column down into the steps from the habit loop:
1 – Trigger
2 – Routine
3 – Reward
4 – Craving
5 – Result
You already have the 5th step as you have listed your results so fill in the other 4 steps.
Once you have a completed habit loop for each of your bad results it’s time to form the new habit loop for the new results you want to bring into your life. Here you must keep the Trigger, Reward and Craving the same. You must however change your routine so you can achieve the desired result you want moving forward.
You absolutely must believe that the chance you are going to make is possible as if you don’t all the effort will be wasted, it will not work if you do not believe it will work.
Try and change these habits in a community, whether that be a large group setting where you are all trying to get a similar or the same result. Or, if you start working with an accountability buddy, explain the situation to each other, what you want to change, how you are going to change it and why you believe it is possible.
It’s time to end the bad habits and replace them with good ones that will get you the results you want in all areas of your life!