If I tell you, “Whatever you do today, don’t think about a pink elephant.” What’s the first thing that happens in your mind? Don’t think about a pink elephant — now you’re thinking about the pink elephant. And that’s exactly the same thing that happens with habits. Your mind is the key.
In this episode I talk about the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment that was done in 1972 and its significance on how to deal with issues of self-control, especially when it comes to changing habits.
What is the strategy?
Trying to focus on changing a bad habit gung ho just keeps that bad habit in your mind, making it a continuous struggle. If you’re trying to change a behavior, trying to change a habit, the best way to actually do that is not to focus on the bad habit, and instead focus on creating a new habit.
If you want to hear more examples of this strategy, including my own personal experience on this, listen in and maybe you can try something that works for you.