CULTURE AND HABIT
Culture is partly about habit, not just doing habit, but thinking and feeling habit too. It is hard to unlearn habits and so culture change can take a while. However here are some lessons we can take from understanding habits and routines (see beiow).
Here is a hypothesis…
If someone’s habit is running and you cut their legs off that habit is going to change immediately and permanently! So some cultural change can be rapid and dramatic. If you show them how to do their habit a different way (run routines, stretching exercises, buddy approaches) that will modify their habit without confronting or challenging it. Or you might try to convert someone from running to rowing, which is more likely to be successful than converting them to chess or painting. The point here is recognising culture as a habit and the way we can and do modify habits and routines with age, circumstance, and experience.
KEY WAYS OF BREAKING OR STOPPING BAD HABITS OR ROUTINES
1. Identify the Triggers: Identify the triggers that lead to the bad habit or routine. This could include certain places, people, or activities that trigger the habit.
2. Replace the Habit: Replace the bad habit or routine with something healthier or more beneficial.
3. Create a Support System: Enlist the help of family, friends, or a professional to provide support and accountability.
4. Track Progress: Track progress to measure success and keep motivation levels high.
5. Reward Yourself: Celebrate successes and reward yourself for making progress.
6. Stay Positive: Remind yourself of the benefits of replacing the bad habit or routine and stay positive throughout the process.
KEY WAYS OF STARTING AND MAINTAINING NEW HABITS
1. Start small: Break your new habit into small, actionable steps and start with the simplest one.
2. Set a goal: Set a realistic and achievable goal that motivates you to keep going.
3. Track your progress: Use a tracking system to see how you’re progressing and make adjustments to stay on track.
4. Find a friend or mentor: Find a supportive friend or mentor who can help you to stay accountable and motivated.
5. Reward yourself: Celebrate your successes and reward yourself for taking steps towards your goals.
6. Stay persistent: Don’t give up if you hit a setback – stick with it and keep going!
KEY WAYS OF MAINTAINING MOTIVATION AND ACCOUNTABILITY FOR HABITS
1. Set specific, achievable goals: Set a goal that is realistic and achievable and break it down into smaller steps.
2. Set reminders: Put reminders in your calendar or on your phone to help you stay on track.
3. Make it fun: Make your habit enjoyable by setting rewards and celebrating successes.
4. Be flexible: Allow yourself flexibility in your habits so that you don’t get overwhelmed.
5. Track your progress: Keep track of your progress and adjust your goals if necessary.
6. Ask for help: Reach out to friends, mentors, or professionals for help and support.
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