Understand How to Create ‘Habit Triggers’ – comes from the Free Guide – ‘Are you frustrated by training that creates short term interest but not long term change?’.
Habits can really help a Learner to make that much needed behavioural change. For example, if after attending a Negotiation Skills training course the Learner wants to prepare better, they will need to create a habit to change their behaviour.
The research on habits is not absolute and depending on the habit, can take anything from a few days to years to create. The consensus is that 67 days is the amount of time to create a habit, or 21 times.
BJ Fogg’s research found that forming a habit is based on two factors: motivation (how much you want to do it) and ability (how easily you can do it). For example, many people are motivated to lose weight, yet they struggle to count calories and monitor fat and sugar. Understanding triggers can help Learners to form new habits.
For those who want to lose weight, a ‘Facilitator’ trigger would be a calorie counter. A ‘Signal’ trigger would be storing a box of carrots on top of a box of chocolates. A ‘Spark’ trigger would look like a photograph of a slimmer you on the fridge. On Learning To Learn, we teach Learners how to form habits before they do any training with us. This is because by understanding how to create habits the Learner is much more likely to be using their learning for the long term.