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SNAP – The Sound of a Habit Breaking

September 21, 2009

I was listening to an “expert” in the personal performance field talk about habits the other day.  It was interesting.  Didn’t agree with all that she had to say but it did get me thinking about habits some more. 

I’ve thought about and researched this area about as much as anyone, I guess.  And, I’ve basically come to the conclusion that there is a <SNAP> when a habit breaks.  Literally, a breaking point.  A time when you no longer can keep up the old manner or habit.  For some that SNAP is loud, almost deafening but often it’s just a normal snap that can easily get missed.  What’s interesting about this is not the point at which the SNAP takes place but what lead up to the SNAP.  What motivated that person to change behaviours?  How did it get to a point where that person “just couldn’t take it anymore”.  That’s where the learning is and where that person can better understand what their true motivation was for the change. 

And, if you’re looking to change a habit, it’s also good to approach it from the standpoint of, “what will it take to make this break?”  And, observing one’s SNAP’s in life can help us understand how we can created additional habit changes. 

Let’s hear it for the sound of the SNAP.

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