How to Break the Habits that Get You Stuck
Bad habits are often what get us stuck. Ideally, we see what’s happening (I can’t afford my speeding tickets), and we adjust (drive slower). But sometimes we recognize the bad habit and choose not to do anything about it, willing to live in “stuckness” (think procrastination). Then there’s the bad habit we don’t even know we have. These are some of the hardest stuck moments to solve. We know something isn’t working for us, but can’t pinpoint our role in it. It’s these hidden bad habits that also hold the most potential. If we can shine some light on them, understand them, and own them, then we can replace them with good habits. And that means we get stuck less often or for not as long.
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As a thought starter, below is a list of the 11 ways we believe people get stuck. With each, we’ve included a list of possible habits that may emerge in these situations. If any strike a chord, your job is to find the trigger that causes the habit.
Swapping In Good Habits for Bad
Expectations will play a big part in your success. On his website, Psyblog, Dean points out that turning an action from intentional to automatic takes time. A recent study averaged that time at 66 days for relatively simple habits such as drinking a glass of water every day. For hidden habits that aren’t necessarily triggered daily, it’s wise to assume that your habit swap is going to take longer than two months.