I’ve learned a lot about changing habits in the last 2 1/2 years, from quitting smoking to taking up running and GTD and vegetarianism and waking early and all that. I could go on, of course, but you get the picture.
I’ve not only learned a lot about what you should do when changing habits, but through my failures, I’ve learned about what not to do.
And trust me, I’ve had lots of failures.
I’ve found failures to be just as important as successes when trying to learn how to improve, especially when it comes to changing habits. It’s not an easy task, and I’m sure every one of us has tried to quit something and failed, or tried to do something positive and failed. The key, of course, is to not just give up after failure, but to reset your resolve, to analyze what went wrong and why, and to plan to overcome those obstacles the next time.
I’ve done that, with one failure after another, and would like to share a few things I’ve learned to avoid when trying to change a habit.
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