Make a plan to stop a bad habit – and replace it with a good one

…Changing behaviour begins with clarifying what is going to be changed, why it should change, and the benefits of making a change – and then developing a new good habit to replace the old bad habit. Deciding to change a behaviour is the first step. Setting expectations for how and when is the next. Changing behaviour and creating new habits is a process, not an event. Accept that failure, slips, and frustration are parts of the learning curve. Unless there’s clarity on the benefits, the gap between stopping an old habit and learning the benefits of a new one is really the wasteland of why many people don’t make a change that sticks.

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Article by Bill Howatt, chief research and development officer of work force productivity with Morneau Shepell.