100 Ways to Happiness
(A guide for busy people-By Dr. Timothy J Sharp - pgs. 11-12, 2008)
Most people know what they should do to live a healthier and happier life. To be fitter and healthier, for example, everyone knows they should eat less fat, sugar and salt, eat more fruit and vegetables and exercise more. Recognizing the changes we have to make is not rocket science. So why do so few people do these things well?
The reason is that few people have an effective system in place to achieve change. If you want to develop healthier habits you are far better equipped to succeed if you use a strategy.
Rather than embarking on a regime which aims simply to do away with bad habits, you need a system which at the same time replaces these with new, helpful habits. You will be far more likely to eliminate existing bad habits if you substitute them with positive habits--much in the same way that people who are overweight often have more success losing weight if they substitute undesirable foods with healthier foods, rather than just not eating
Identify when it is you typically engage in a negative behavior, and put in place a plan to alter this behavior in that setting. For example, if you find that your healthy eating plan tends to fail when you eat out at restaurants, find out about the menu before you go, and make a healthy choice in advance. Habits are built into our routine, and often we don't conscuously think about engaging in certain sorts of behavior. Once you single out the circumstances in which you are most likely to revert to "old" behavior, you are able to plan to prevent it.
Reward yourself for making positive changes, and for trying to engage in healthy and productive activities. Remember that even if you are only successful half of the time, you are still training yourself for the future. Celebrating your efforts will significantly increase your chances of continuing helpful habits in the long term.
Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.
- Demosthenes, 384-322 BC, Greek statesman
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