Why habits are hard to change, but not impossible

Recently I broke a bad habit. Admittedly, it was hard. 

I got into the habit of settling down for the night with a glass or two of wine a few nights a week.

Not so bad, right?

Except it disrupted my sleep terribly and I felt groggy when I woke up the next day.

Before I broke that bad habit, I quit the habit of daily caffeine. I am a coffee lover, but also very caffeine sensitive. 

Between the wine and coffee, my sleep was a wreck.

Before I quit coffee, I quit sugar. Before that I quit using my phone 1 hour before bed. A few years ago I quit television.

You can see the pattern here. One slow, baby step at a time to reform habits that were no longer serving me.

To be frank … none of this was easy. But doable.

The Habit Loop In Action 

If you think about the habit loop, you simply change the behavior between the cue and the reward.

To take wine drinking as the example:

  • Cue > Finishing up tasks for the day and settling in to a book. 
  • Old behavior >...
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