What’s the most significant change in behavior you’ve made as an adult?
For some, it’s quitting smoking or drinking, or making healthy changes in eating and exercising. For others, it’s becoming a better listener, a more effective manager, or a nicer partner or spouse.
No matter what changes you’ve made, whether physical, social, or work-related, almost everyone agrees that lasting change is hard. It requires determination, motivation, vigilance, persistence, and long-term commitment. Most would agree that asking for help from a trusted friend, mentor, or professional coach helps.
Yet even with high motivation, support, and ideal conditions, it’s still hard to break bad habits. For example, two-thirds of smokers who say they’d like to quit never even try. Those who do usually need six attempts before they succeed.
This article explores why behavioral change is so hard and suggests how to make behavioral changes last.
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- Six Seconds to Set Up Change
- Knowing Isn’t Doing
- Why Change Is So Hard
- Faulty Self Evaluation
- Change Requires Follow-Up
- “Did I do my best today to…?”
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Article by Patsi Krakoff, Psy.D.
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