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Struggling to eliminate a bad habit or addiction? The truth is you need to take a strategic approach to overcome your negative routines. Check out this deck to learn a number of proven techniques for making a lasting change in your life.

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Habits run our daily life.

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Some habitsare helpful.

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Others can work against you.

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Fortunately, it is possible to

eliminate a bad habit.

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All you need is a plan of action

that works.

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You'll quickly run out of steam if you try to change multiple habits at the same time.

Focus on One Habit at a Time.

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Structure your entire life around the completion of one specific habit goal.

Do a 30-DayHabit Challenge.

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Having a start date creates energy andexcitement for this new change.

Set a Start Date.

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Have a specific outcome in mind coupledwith a target date.

Identify the Target Goal.

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Cold turkey can make a bad habit even worse because of its overemphasis on perfection.

Avoid “ColdTurkey” Solutions.

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Focus and track your daily,incremental improvements.

Set a Baseline Metric.

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Breaking a habit in a methodical manner gives your body and mind a chance to diminish its constant craving.

Create Specific Goals.

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All habits have actions and thoughts that occur beforehand. Identify your cue, routine, and reward.

Identify the Habit Routine.

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Identify: Location, time, mood, people you’re with, and preceding action to get to the “cause” of your bad habit.

Record the Habit Triggers.

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Find a positive routine that will provide the same feeling you get with a bad habit, minus the negative routine.

Try Different Rewards.

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Take stock of your mood after following a new routine to see if you still feel a desire to do the bad habit.

See WhatWorks.

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The best way to make a lasting change is to follow a step-by-step plan whenever you experience an impulse.

Formulate a Plan.

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While planning is important, you’ll also need a strategy for dealing with slip-ups.

Understand the Hot-Cold Empathy Gap.

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Habit reminders are a great way to keep your habit change at the forefront of your mind and stay on course.

Use “Habit Reminders.”

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The more information you track, the easier it is to understand what affects your mood or impulses.

Keep an Accountability Journal

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Simply knowing you have to be accountable for your actions keeps you focused on a habit change.

Make a Public Declaration.

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Regularly communicate with someone who shares a similar desire to make a lasting change.

Find an Accountability Partner.

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Know what to say and do when a person says something that causes you to second-guess a habit change.

Ignore the Naysayers.

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Avoid the places that cause a negative habit loop and an impulse to follow a specific routine.

Avoid Trigger Locations.

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Don’t be afraid to get help from other others. If you think you have a real problem, it might be time to go get the

assistance you really need.

Seek Professional Help.

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If you’re always tired, hungry, or stressed, you’ll increase the likelihood that you’ll succumb to a temptation.

Live a Healthy Lifestyle.

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The moment you experience a cue for a bad habit, reaffirm your commitment to stick to the new plan.

Remain Positive.

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It’s okay to slip up from time to time, but don't use it as an excuse to go do too much of a bad habit.

Beware the “What-the-Hell Effect.”

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Beating yourself up over a slip-up is counterproductiveto your long-term goals.

Forgive Yourself.

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Make a grueling habit change fun by rewarding yourself for achieving specific milestones.

RewardYourself.

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Daily commitments and reminders help you stick with the plan.

Review YourPlan Daily.

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Don’t worry about tomorrow or next year. Have a plan for what you’ll do today and leave tomorrow for tomorrow.

Take it Day-by-Day.

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