There used to be a television show called “The Newlywed Game“. The host asked the Newlyweds questions. The goal was to discover how well the newly married couples knew each other. It was entertaining to hear what the answer was compared to what the spouse thought the answer was. Exposed habits were frequently the brunt of the amusement.
Daily, we participate in habitual behaviors with little to no acknowledgment. Like, walking cluelessly across the street while reading a text message, smacking while chewing, finger drumming on the desk, or driving slowly in the fast lane.
All of us are creatures of habit, both good and bad. Our repetitive behaviors become ordinary to us. They show off what we count as important or what we deem acceptable. They are generally performed quickly, residing somewhere between conscious and unconscious thought. They give us a routine for our day and give us freedom from thinking about every little thing we do. Thanks to our habits, we live on autopilot a fair amount of the time, and remarkably we need most of the habits we have.
But what if we want to change a habit? How do we undo what has become automatic? Here are six breaking bad for good habit-changing steps: