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Your environment can make completing your habits very simple, or almost impossible.
Monkey see, monkey buy
We all know what it’s like when an online ad convinces us that we all of a sudden need this product to survive, even though we’ve gone three decades without it. Without this prompt, we never would have thought we needed it, and the same goes for the cookies on the counter. You see it, you want it. If you design your environment to only see what will lead to habits that will serve you, you are more likely to be successful.
With this mindset, you can stop blaming yourself and start feeling more in control. Wendy Wood, Professor of Psychology, put it perfectly: “[This mindset] leads to self-forgiveness. You realize that it’s not your personal failing that you can’t change unwanted behaviours”. It’s your environment. Maybe it wasn’t such a bad thing your roommate lost your Juul for the 5th time this month.
Get on the bandwagon
We can make our environment better. This is why meal prep has been such a hot topic recently. When you get home from a long day of work, you’ll grab the easiest option (which is most likely those Sweet Chilli Heat Doritos). Had you prepped your meal in advance, you’d be much more likely to eat according to plan.
Insight by Psychologist Wendy Wood & author James Clear