Be Well, Live Well: Behavior Change Simplified

As a hypnotherapist and life coach, I am often asked how to overcome the many obstacles life throws our way. The answer is behavior change. Whether you are overcoming an addiction, procrastination or attempting to achieve a lifelong goal, the road to behavior change is not easily traveled, but many have successfully navigated it. Below are several suggestions to make your journey easier:

  • Be well informed about the change you are making — Be ready to outsmart the behavior in your effort to overcome it.
  • Be ready — Like anything else, don’t go into the effort unprepared or lacking confidence.
  • Set goals — Setting measurable goals provides a “yardstick” against which to chart progress and affirms your commitment to achievement.
  • Make a total commitment — While different people move into their changes with differing amounts of speed and energy, be totally committed to make the change.
  • Take it one day at a time — Seeing a change as something you are going to have to do for the rest of your life is overwhelming. Seeing the change as a series of day-by-day steps makes it easier to accept and comprehend because the mental pressures of changing are easier.
  • Plan ahead for scenarios that you find threatening — Thinking of what those threatening situations might be in advance, and having a plan to deal with them, helps with many pitfalls you may face.
  • Control your environment — Doing things like not going to places where temptation could occur, making your home a non-smoking area, keeping only healthy food in the pantry and
    refrigerator, or avoiding certain people helps.
  • Take small steps — Realized you did not get to you current situation overnight, thus returning to a more healthy state will take time. Big changes occur through a series of small victories.
  • Seek support from others — Family members, co-workers, support groups, workplace wellness programs and other means of support are all helpful. If you have support readily available to you, use it! If you do not, find ways to add support to your life.
  • Realize that compliments from others are motivating and energizing.
  • Don’t let a short term relapse negatively impact your potential for long term success — Recognize the mistake that led to relapse, don’t dwell on it, dust yourself off, get back on the horse and ride on.
  • Know that one successful change leads to another — Success drives success.
  • Reward yourself for success — Give yourself little rewards along the way.

Albert Camus said, “In the depth of winter, I finally learned within me there lay an invincible summer.” May you bask in the warmth of summer and shine in the light of success!


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Bonnie Morét is an award-winning photographer recognized by The Georgia Council of the Arts as "an exceptional representation of contemporary Georgia art work." Her photography is featured on Georgia Public Broadcast's Georgia Traveler. Her exhibitions include Fifth Annual Exposure Awards at Musee du Louvre in Paris, France, Art Takes Miami at Scope Art during Art Basel Miami, Metro Montage XIII at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, World of Water at the Georgia Aquarium, Open Walls at Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon, Wholly Georgia: A Look at the Effects of Southern Religious Culture, sponsored by the Art History League and Georgia State University, at Mint Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, 6x6 at the Rochester Contemporary Arts Center in Rochester, New York, @Phonography: Dialogue in the Wireless Age, at 3 Ring Circus in New Orleans, Louisiana, and About Lands and Lives of the Civil War at the 6th Cavalry Museum in Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia. Her photography appears in Modern Luxury/The Atlantan, Jezebel Magazine, and hangs in the executive offices at the Georgia State Capitol as part of the Art of Georgia exhibit. Corporate clients include Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta History Center, Chanel Cosmetics, Christian Dior Cosmetics, Sharp Mountain Vineyards, PM Realty Group, Granite Properties, Road Atlanta, Patrón Tequila, StubHub, CBM Records and The Washington Auto Show.