Now we're getting down to the nitty-gritty. You've come a long way. You read my earlier posts, this last one being extremely important, and you have a plan. Good for you!
But it's not enough.
You need mini-plans.
In social psychology, mini-plans have a longer name: "implementation intentions." And there's a lot of evidence that these mini-plans work. If you make mini-plans you will be far more likely to follow through on your intention to change your habits.
So What's a Mini-Plan?
Simple. A mini-plan is a short sentence that you say to yourself. The sentence takes an important form.
If X, Then Y
Mini-plans are extremely specific. They involve a certain thing happening and a certain behavioral response. It turns out that simply saying such a sentence to yourself radically increases the chances that you will follow through on your intentions.
I suspect that a lot of you created these mini-plans for yourselves the last time that you successfully changed your behavior. Or, if you didn't, you were changing your behavior the hard way, because these mini-plans work!