Eight Ways to Turn Bad Habits Into Good Habits
Habits are not instinct. Habits are acquired actions or reactions. Once the original cause of a habit is determined, it is within your power to control them.
You are not a victim
You have the power to reset your habits
Most people “throw in the towel” and allow habits to control them. I am going to ask you to do something that will require courage and action… take 15-20 minutes to work through these eight steps to building good habits:
Step One: List your bad habit(s)
Step Two: What was the original cause of this habit?
Step Three: What are the supporting causes?
Step Four: Determine a positive habit to replace the bad habit.
Step Five: Think about the good habit you want to create and it’s benefits and results.
Step Six: Take action to develop this habit.
Step Seven: Act upon the habit for reinforcement DAILY.
Step Eight: Reward yourself by noting one of the benefits from your good habit.
Remember, each of our lives, our relationships, our health, and our personal influence is a result of our daily habits. Have the courage to form new, lasting habits. It’s true, we form our habits and then our habits define us.
Here’s to building good habits!
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About the Author
Steve Gutzler is the President of Leadership Quest, a Seattle-based leadership development company. Steve is a dynamic, highly-sought-after speaker who has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to a list of clients including Microsoft, Starbucks, the Seattle Seahawks, Pandora Radio, Boeing, Cisco, Starwood Corporation, the Ritz Carlton group, and the U.S. Social Security Administration. He recently was voted #1 by the readership of Huffington Post as the Most Inspirational Leader on Social Media.
A published author on leadership and emotional intelligence, Steve resides near Seattle with his wife Julie where they enjoy time with their three adult children and six grandchildren.