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The secret to developing a habit.......make a craving happen...

Friday, April 25, 2014

Arrange things so you have a "craving" after experiencing a "cue."

If you give yourself a piece of chocolate after the treadmill workout, seeing the treadmill (cue) will give you a craving for the piece of chocolate!

Thus the treadmill "habit" becomes very strong!

The craving is the important thing to make a habit strong. Without the craving the habit is easily extinguished. Some people crave the endorphins (good feelings) after a run. People can "crave" the tingly, clean feeling of their teeth after brushing. They can't leave the house in the morning till they have that clean teeth feeling. To establish a habit of tidying up, use air spray after cleaning each room.Craving the smell of a spritz of air conditioner can develop the habit of cleaning up more often


So, to develop a habit, always find that thing you will crave. That is key to making a habit stick.

chris
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AMARILYNH 4/26/2014 12:40PM

    So maybe if I reward myself with a piece of chocolate after I do strength training I'll crave doing ST? I may just have to give this a try - I've tried a lot of other things and it STILL isn't a habit!!

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_LINDA 4/25/2014 1:03PM

    What women won't do for chocolate! emoticon

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CHERIJ16 4/25/2014 12:34PM

    Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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CELIAMINER 4/25/2014 10:40AM

    That's a great way to retrain your brain!

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 4/25/2014 10:34AM

    I need to do this for my afternoon at work after my lunchtime runs.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 4/25/2014 10:11AM

    love the idea with the stick of chocolate,lol

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1CRAZYDOG 4/25/2014 9:51AM

    emoticon advice. LOVE the ideas.

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TERRIJ7 4/25/2014 9:04AM

    So much of what we do is a matter of playing mind games with ourselves. You've made some good suggestions here!

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MSLOVELYMUSE 4/25/2014 8:50AM

    I agree. I love this idea as well!

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DONNABRIGHT 4/25/2014 8:42AM

    I love this idea - thank you!

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