Do you snack every night in front of the television?
Do you drink too much when you are out with friends?
Do you buy clothes that you don’t need without realizing it?
These can become bad habits. Many bad habits are operated mindlessly, on autopilot. How do you stop these bad habits? The key is to figure out how to get your mind off of autopilot. It is learning to disrupt the behavior before it starts.
How many of you go to the movies and buy popcorn and eat the whole bucket within the first 20 minutes of the movie, and then have to run out again to get more? Are you hungry? Probably not. It is just mindless eating. If you would like to break a bad habit, spend some time thinking about the situations in which bad behavior often occurs. Considering doing something else instead of going back into mindless autopilot. Any alternate activity is less likely to trigger mindless eating. Try mixing up your routines, or changing hands when you eat making the situation more mindful and aware.
Many times, we blame ourselves for failures and chalk it up to lack of commitment or willpower. We need to understand how behavioral mindless activities start by understanding how they really work and applying the most effective strategies to overcome our bad habits. We need to get off of autopilot and fly our own plane. This would be a great coaching session. Are you ready?