We all have some behaviors, traits or habits that we consider to be unhealthy, or that we desperately want to get rid of. I think that the most important steps in any behavior change plan is identifying the problem and having a willingness to do something about it.
But where do we start?
I completed a behavior change plan about a year ago and it all started with selection of an inanimate object that had attributes which I could use to describe myself. I found it an extremely difficult task to intentionally list what I thought were the strengths, weaknesses and general characteristics of my personality. So I went the easy way and chose the first thing I saw on my desk : a Sharpie Twin Tip Marker.
Without describing too much of the details of the characteristics I found, my Sharpie was the inanimate me! From here I was able to sift personality strengths and weaknesses; and I was able discover an entire new level of self awareness.
Where do we go from there?
Behavior change won't be overnight, and depending on how engraved the behavior is, it may take weeks, months or even years to break the habit. When we are able to recognize personality weaknesses and be confident in the strengths, we are already halfway there.
From the weaknesses, identify one or a few traits that you would like to break and create a S.M.A.R.T Behavior Change Plan and try to stick to it.(www.healthedpartners.org/ceu/sm/smart_behavior_change_outcome_objectives.pdf)
From the strengths, do the same plan as you would for weaknesses, but with detailed steps and expected date deadlines for further improvements.
-former Sharpie Twin Tip Marker