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Habit Development Overview


Habits develop by the following process:

Simple every day habits follow a simple formula:
H=TRC
Simple habit equals trigger (the prompt or context), routine (repeated response), and consequence.

But the more complex habits we are more concerned with have a craving component too. e.g., breaking bad habits like trying to lose weight, quit smoking, reduce alcohol consumption: or developing new healthy habits like getting a good nights sleep, reducing stress, exercising more. Then we use the following formula —
(this is what the "Small Step Approach" is all about)


H=TDR then C

HABIT equals Trigger plus Desire plus Routine followed by a strong emotional Consequence.

The
Trigger is also called the Prompt or Context
The
Desire is the craving that occurs after the habit is developed
The
Routine is a behavior that is repeated over and over and over until it becomes automatic.
The
Consequence is what happens after the behavior. It is more effective when it has a strong emotional component

Next we will briefly describe the components of a
healthy lifestyle.