5 Ways To Turn A Bad Habit Into A Good One
We all have bad habits; it’s a fact of life because we’re human and none of us is perfect.
The good news is that bad habits can be changed with some discipline and work. Changing bad habits doesn’t happen overnight but simply acknowledging the bad behavior is the first step toward change.
Here are 5 tips for changing bad habits into good habits:
1. Keep the temptation out of sight.
If you have a problem with overeating junk food, for example, keep those tempting foods out of your home. Avoid those particular aisles at the grocery store. Step away from the snack table when you’re a guest at someone’s house. If your temptation isn’t visible, then you’ll get used to not having that temptation in your life, which in itself forms a good habit of not overindulging.
If your temptation is surfing Facebook instead of building your business, log off of Facebook and don’t allow yourself to log back in until you’ve accomplished what you wanted for the day.
2. Reward yourself.
If you want to stop biting your nails, schedule a manicure or a day at the spa after 6-8 weeks as a reward, provided you stayed true and avoided biting those nails. Now use this reward as a way to keep your bare nails (temptation) out of sight thereby eliminating the biting behavior altogether.
Focus on the money-making activities, such as prospecting, meeting new people, getting brochures into everyone’s hands, following up, training, etc.
Reward yourself after you’ve accomplished whatever it was you had planned for the day in your business. Choose small, simple rewards that fit your budget.
3. Give yourself a consequence for the bad habit.
If you have a habit of making excuses and not getting your money making activities done, try charging yourself a fee for every activity you didn’t get done.
Collect that money in a jar and when a month goes by that you haven’t contributed to it, take that money and give yourself a reward.
Tell your friends and family too so they can help keep you accountable. Or find an accountability partner to check in with daily.
Sometimes we’re so used to doing bad habits that we don’t even notice when it happens. We shrug off today’s tasks, and before we know it, a week has gone by and we haven’t done a thing to grow our business.
Giving yourself a consequence forces you to be more aware of your behavior and eventually eliminates that bad behavior.
4. Track your goals and activities daily.
Whether you choose good old paper and pen or a sophisticated app on your phone, tracking your activities puts them in the forefront of your mind and you’ll also feel accomplished at the end of the week.
For instance, mark down how many people you talked to today and got their contact information. How many brochures did you give out? How many follow-ups did you do?
If procrastination is your problem, mark what time you started work.
Visual cues that you’re succeeding in busting these bad habits can go a long way to make you feel proud and accomplished, which will positively reinforce this new behavior.
5. Find an accountability partner.
Find another Avon Representative who has the same level of commitment to her business that you do to yours. Or find a Representative from another company.
You can help each other turn your struggles around. Keeping your struggles and goals to yourself often makes it easier to cheat. But if you tell other people what you are trying to accomplish, then you’ll focus more on the new behaviors, which will eventually overtake the bad behaviors.
One quick tip: Don’t try to change multiple bad habits at once. Choose one behavior to focus on and work on that first. When you feel that bad habit has been changed for good, work on changing another bad habit – or work on incorporating good habits into your daily business activities.
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By Lynn Huber
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