1. Relying on willpower for long-term change
Imagine Willpower doesn’t exist.
That’s step 1 to a better future.
2. Attempting big leaps instead of baby steps
Seek tiny successes one after another.
3. Ignoring how environment shapes behaviors
Change your context & you change your life.
4. Trying to stop old behaviors instead of creating new ones
Focus on action, not avoidance.
5. Blaming Failures on lack of motivation
Solution: make the behavior easier to do.
6. Underestimating the power of triggers
No behavior happens without a trigger.
7. Believing that information leads to action
We humans aren’t so rational.
8. Focusing on abstract goals more than concrete behaviors
Abstract: Get in shape
Concrete: walk 15 min. today
9. Seeking to change a behavior forever, not for a short time.
A fixed period works better than “forever”
10. Assuming that Behavior change is difficult.
Behavior change is not so hard when you have the right process.
Acknowledgement: Stanford University’s Persuasive Tech Lab