Fix 2: Find the Reason
Another way to address problematic habits is to figure out why you engage in them. This can allow us to replace our bad habits with good ones that serve the same purpose. Even if you can’t substitute your bad habit for a better one in the moment, Goldstein recommends prepping for that situation by visualizing the swap in advance. This conditions your mind to associate whatever craving you have with the better action.
Often our bad habits fulfill a need to be soothed or connected to others, so surrounding yourself with a supportive and nourishing community is another way to get rid of unwanted behaviors. “There’s no more powerful cue to make change than people,” says Goldstein. He suggests using sites like Meetup.com to find groups of people who share your self-improvement goals, whether that’s running, healthy cooking, or a tech-free weekend camping trip.
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