Create Habits If You Want to Change Behaviours

‘Create Habits if You Want to Change Behaviours’

In order for a Learner to make a behavioural change, they need to create a habit. For example, if after attending a time management training course the Learner wants to better manage their time with a daily to-do list, they will need to create a habit in order to change their behaviour.
Habits are very hard to break (such as smoking!) and hard to form (such as going to the gym). Professor BJ Fogg from Stanford University has studied habits for many years and is the leading expert in the field.
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).
To understand why a habit is hard to form, we need to plot where we sit on this graph with our habit, and then either increase our motivation, increase our ability, or create a signal. Habit signals are covered in the next solution.

Graph with blue line showing the Fogg Behaviour Model
Forming a habit is based on motivation and ability

Image courtesy of BJ Fogg


Help Learners understand where they sit on the graph above regarding the habit that they are trying to form. Challenge them to find ways to increase their motivation, or improve their ability to perform the task.
The easiest way to create a habit is to ‘piggy back’ another habit. For example, I broke my foot some months back and needed to do ankle exercises everyday for 5 minutes. I piggybacked brushing my teeth and did my exercises at the same time!

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