Cheating to change
Making meaningful improvements in our lives can be difficult. Forming new habits and breaking old ones takes energy and some days it’s just easier to stop and do the comfortable thing and fall back into our old ways. We can help ourselves here by making whatever it is we want to do, be much easier than avoiding it.
If we want to stop eating chocolate, we can stop buying chocolate for home. If it’s not in the house, we can’t eat it.
If we want to remember to floss every day, we can put our floss (or interdental cleaning alternative) in front of our toothbrush so we have to physically move the floss out the way to get to the brush.
If we want to eat a healthier breakfast, we can prepare it the night before so it’s ready to go in the morning.
“The more disciplined your environment is, the less disciplined you need to be”
By being one step ahead of our own failing will we can cheat our way to maintaining our good habits and breaking our old ones.
The easier it is to maintain a good habit, the harder it becomes to break it. Tell your friends, tell your family, tell your colleagues what you’re doing. Get them onboard so they know not to make it easy for you to break your habits.
To make a meaningful long-lasting change we will do ourselves a world of good by thinking about how we can make it as easy as possible to keep it going.