Setting Ourselves up for Success – Part 1 of 3
In recent weeks, we have talked about how set realistic SMART goals, and how to Dreamline to find really meaningful goals that reflect your values. Today we will talk about practical things you can do maximize your success, whether its to loose weight or stop engaging with that unhealthy person in your life.
It basically comes down to a three step process:
Choose a Replacement behaviour
Rehearse & Pair it
Use external cues (this one is the most fun!
This week we’ll focus on Choosing a Replacement Behaviour.
1. REPLACEMENT BEHAVIOUR
Behaviour changes quickest when we replace it with an incompatible one. This is why most people who quit smoking gain weight, because they are intuitively replacing the cigarettes with food, which is incompatible with having a cigarette at the same time.
Consciously choosing a healthy replacement behaviour that we will use when we get a craving or are tempted not to live our values or complete our SMART goal can be very helpful. Replacement behaviours that remind us of why our goal is important, tend to be the most powerful ones.
EXAMPLE #1: Let’s say I want to quit smoking because
EXAMPLE #2: If my SMART goal is to stop eating unhealthy snack food at work, I may carry around a small bag of raisins, carrots, celery etc to eat instead of cake when everyone else is eating treats.
EXAMPLE #3: If my SMART goal is to stop engaging with someone who sends mean texts
If you are having any trouble choosing a replacement behaviour or problem solving tweaking it as necessary, feel free to send us an email or a tweet and we are happy to help!
Next week we’ll take a look at how to Rehearse your new behaviours!