Bad habits and bad behavior can sometimes be very hard to change. But with the right approach, you can always make the changes necessary to become a better YOU. Whether you want to stop being a nagger or you want to become alcohol-free, the tips below could serve as your behavior modification guide.
Take one small step at a time
You cannot expect the changes to happen overnight. Give yourself some time to adjust to the changes. The reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail is primarily because people force themselves to let go of an old habit instantly. Give yourself some adjustment period. Otherwise, your desire to change a bad behavior is bound to fail. If you are really willing to change, focus on your goal but do not be in such a rush.
Practice positive self-talk
Making a decision is a way of talking to yourself. You talk to yourself all the time but you are probably not aware of it. These little conversations with yourself happen inside your mind through your thoughts. So instead of saying that you cannot do it, you have to constantly remind yourself that you can do the changes that you want to happen. Positive self-talk can do wonders if you will only listen to what your conscience dictates. Act as your personal cheerleader and give pep talks to yourself especially during times when you feel like being lured back to your bad behavior.
Use the power of visualization
If you can think it, you can do it. This has been proven to work time and again. Picture yourself as a changed person with old and bad behavior gone. As the picture becomes more vivid in your mind, you will also have the power to live out what you see in your imagination.
Reward yourself for every successful attempt at your desired change
You don’t have to go on a shopping spree just to reward yourself with your little successes. These rewards can be as simple as an ice cream treat or a day out with yourself. Or you can simple tell yourself “Great job!” Self-praise and treats could serve as your morale booster to continue what you have started.
You don’t have to pay the services of professional psychologist just to make these changes happen because everything must start within yourself. It is all a matter of choice. Think of what you can gain from the changes and be motivated by the positive effects that these changes can bring into your life.