Over the years through talking with thousands of clients I learned what behaviors are high on their, I need to change this to create success list. If I listen a moment, I can hear clients list hundreds of responses. It would take too long to list them all and even behavior change coaches may miss the point by focusing too much on a particular habit. It is the nature of habits to operate largely on an unconscious level, after all that is how we humans are wired. Now what is it that causes us to engage in habits? You know the answer, it's triggers oftentimes emotional ones. This is where weight loss programs falter! They advocate using regimen to temporarily and often begrudgingly hold off these triggers. Regimen in this case eliminates all of your "Bad Habits" through the imposition of a new routine. Call this a diet if you like and if you stick with it you will lose weight at least temporarily. You are probably not a fan of diets and truthfully I am not either. Though, I am a fan of eating healthy foods. So what is the big love hate relationship, we have with diets? We love the results we just hate watching them disappear so quickly as we gain back the weight. This happens because we have not created permanent change. Even more importantly we have not dealt with the emotional undertow that sucks us back into the cycle of unhealthy choices. We get clobbered by our personal story and it's hold on our daily routine. In other words the triggers rear their not so pretty heads! This is the sticking point for a lot of behavior coaches. Routine may suppress triggers but it will not replace them permanently, unless the new routines become as convenient as the old ones. So the key is a movement over time from convenient nonproductive behaviors to an awareness that guides us to make our productive behaviors more convenient. This is the process and when you choose to work with me on any behavior change this will be a big piece of it. Be sure to register on the free members page where I will be posting tips that you can use to create the successful changes that you desire.
About the Author
Behavior Change Coach and Author James Barfoot CHt holds certifications as a Master Practitioner of NLP and is a Clinical Hypnotherapist who is registered to practice in Washington State. He developed The Primal Toolbox a behavior change and coaching strategy based on a tribal models. James lives in Spokane WA.