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Psychology of Behavior Change

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« We have to try to cure our faults by attention and not by will » Simone Weil

« Trade your expectations for appreciation and your whole world changes in an instant » Tony Robbins

Practice the Change You Wish to See in the World. Life is a practice and what you choose to practice is what will make up your character.

Practice the Change You Wish to See in the World

It’s worth considering what you value in life and then making an intention and plan to live alongside those values. This is the direct back to living Ghandi’s words, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Consider how simple it really is: Three Myths of Behavior Change. The Paradox of Behavior Change. The natural tendency of life is to find stability.

The Paradox of Behavior Change

In biology we refer to this process as equilibrium or homeostasis. For example, consider your blood pressure. When it dips too low, your heart rate speeds up and nudges your blood pressure back into a healthy range. When it rises too high, your kidneys reduce the amount of fluid in the body by flushing out urine. All the while, your blood vessels help maintain the balance by contracting or expanding as needed. The human body employs hundreds of feedback loops to keep your blood pressure, body temperature, glucose levels, calcium levels, and many other processes at a stable equilibrium. In his book, Mastery, martial arts master George Leonard points out that our daily lives also develop their own levels of homeostasis. Like your body, there are many forces and feedback loops that moderate the particular equilibrium of your habits. Why We Struggle with Change.

By Leo Babauta We think we need to improve ourselves and our current situation, because we’re dissatisfied (at least a little bit) with how things are.

Why We Struggle with Change

We have a drive to improve, improve. So we strive for change — exercise more, eat better, read more, be more mindful, do more meaningful work, be more disciplined. And yet, we struggle with change. Why is that? The problem is that we are clinging to the illusion of solidity. Allow me to explain. 7 Reasons it’s Time to Move On and Embrace Change. Change isn’t part of the process; it is the process.

7 Reasons it’s Time to Move On and Embrace Change

The bad news: nothing is permanent. The good news: nothing is permanent. Today, with the help of a friend, Brian Gardner (check out his inspiring site), we made the first design change to our site in nearly a decade. Yes, a decade. If you think about how drastically the internet and technology has matured in the past ten years, it’s impossible not to wonder why we didn’t update our site design sooner. All details aside – and there are plenty of them – the answer is: Resistance to change. Sure, in the past we’ve preached about prioritizing content over design. In this subtle, yet obvious way, we weren’t practicing what we preach.

Fear of Change

Identification. How to Change Other People. Behavior Change Model. Attention. Emotional Intelligence. Growth Mindset. The New Trick to Getting Someone (or Yourself) to Change. 7 Hidden Truths That Will Transform How You Think about Yourself - Page19. Are you a surprise junkie who loves uncovering hidden sides of yourself?

7 Hidden Truths That Will Transform How You Think about Yourself - Page19

Or do you like nothing better than a good book that challenges your view on yourself? No matter the reasons, here are 7 great books that will make you just a little bit more knowledgeable about yourself. “The essence of knowledge is self-knowledge,” claimed the Greek philosopher Plato. 10 Things You Must Give Up to Get Yourself Back on Track.

If you want to grow and move on to better things, you have to give up the things that hold you back.

10 Things You Must Give Up to Get Yourself Back on Track

Last night, Marc and I received a new thank you email from a longtime reader and coaching client named Kevin (we’re writing about him today with his consent). He said our book and life coaching sessions helped him and his wife Laura maintain a positive, intentional mindset as they struggled and grew through one of the most difficult periods of their lives. Certain sections of his email nearly moved me to tears: “As you know, after injuring my back, losing my job because of it, being evicted from our apartment, moving in with Laura’s parents, nursing my five-year-old through a nearly fatal bout of strep throat, I was stuck in a tragic rut for far too long.

And I was sitting on the front porch of my in-law’s house feeling sorry for myself, yet again, when my old college buddy called me crying and said, ‘Mel-Mel-Melissa, my baby girl, just died in a car wreck.’ 7 Things to Remember When You Feel Discouraged and Defeated. Email The worst enemy to productivity and creativity is self-pity.

7 Things to Remember When You Feel Discouraged and Defeated

This morning I didn’t feel like doing anything. It’s a combination of exhaustion from a few days of hard work, and a lack of sleep with a baby in the house. I couldn’t motivate myself to do anything important, which is a rare occurrence for me. I just felt completely discouraged and defeated. I sat there in this funk for nearly an hour and wondered how to get out of it. That’s what I was considering, at least for a little while. Here’s what works for me – seven things to keep in mind (and do) when you feel discouraged and defeated: Reminder: Have you checked out our book? 1. I think we all have the tendency to put ourselves at the center of the universe, and see everything from the viewpoint of how it affects us. What I’ve Learned in 10 Years of Zen Habits. By Leo Babauta Unbelievably, this month marks 10 years since I started Zen Habits.

What I’ve Learned in 10 Years of Zen Habits