breaking bad habits (without willpower)

In many of the workshops/trainings I facilitate, one of the last activities has them identifying one thing they’d like to eliminate (typically, a bad habit) from their life.  Once identified, I provide them worksheets to work on changing it over the course of a week or – for the more ambitious – a month.

One of the excuses I hear is, “I don’t have the willpower to break it.”  Although it starts with small steps, here’s a great read that supports the notion that willpower isn’t necessary to break bad habits; sometimes, it’s just about changing your emotions.  Here’s the link:

P.S.  Also use this to consider integrating a new habit in your life.  Sometimes, adding a new habit eliminates one or two bad habits.


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