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Our thoughts, feelings, and doubts can hold us back when we try to make healthy decisions. How do we persist when our brain tells us we can't?
Identity is an abstraction. Behaviors, which are concrete, are the only thing that can give strength and truth to these words.
Use the 4-step approach to make any health behavior a habit.
If you want to improve the quality of relationships with your friends, significant others, and colleagues, find out what good listeners do.
What can we do to identify good opportunities to exercise or set up prompts to help us take advantage of already existing opportunities?
Good intentions do not always lead to action. What can you do when motivation is the issue?
If capability is an issue, we need to address skills—whether that is the psychological skills to execute the behavior or the physical skills needed to achieve a level of performance.
Changing behavior can be an unstable process; you should expect relapses into old behaviors. Find out what to do when this happens.
Good intentions cannot overcome a bad system. If you struggle to stay consistent with physical activity, there is an issue with your system. Learn how to fix it.
Justin Kompf is a Ph.D. student at the University of Massachusetts at Boston who studies and teaches health behavior change.