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10/26/12 4:59 P

Nice! I try to follow this with clothes and other possessions so I don't get overwhelmed with stuff! If I buy a new one, an old one has to leave, either to the trash, recycle bin, FreeCycle or someone who'll love it. It doesn't work with cats and dogs or husbands, but pretty much else functions that way!

Have fun... the new habits make us feel so much better!

I read somewhere that it's a help to refer to yourself in sentences like "I'm not a woman who eats a whole bag of chips" or better, "I'm a woman who prefers apples to chips"... it builds a new image in your head....

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10/26/12 8:42 A

great point, NancyPat - "replacement" behaviours

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10/25/12 6:26 P

You make a great point. Many of the things we already have in our habit column are things we would be better off losing and probably would see greater changes than if we ADDED new habits. In my classroom and working with students with special needs, the idea is to teach REPLACEMENT behaviors rather than trying to STOP negative behaviors with punishments. The idea is that often a negative behavior comes from simply NOT KNOWING ANY BETTER rather than NAUGHTINESS or meanness. Maybe it is time for ME to put what I KNOW works well when dealing with kids into practice in my own life.

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10/25/12 6:34 A

"I find that often I'm too focused on adding new habits in my life, when the reality is I need to cut out some old ones that don't support where I want to go."

I thought this was brilliant.

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