The Steps Jan 16, 2009 14:06:44 GMT -8 anaddict likes this Quote Select PostDeselect PostLink to PostBack to Top Post by Susan Peabody on Jan 16, 2009 14:06:44 GMT -8 • Break down the changes you want to make into manageable pieces. You can make a list if you want.• Identify and make a list of alternative behaviors.• Substitute a good habit for a bad one.• Give yourself encouragement. Use affirmations.• Seek advice and help from others.• Join a support group.• Make a commitment to a friend or support group; verbalization can really help.• Avoid companions who don’t support you. • Find role models who exhibit the changes you want to make and observe them for as long as you need to.• Remember: Action leads to motivation leads to more action.• Don’t forget that changing is a process; it takes time. Be patient.• Avoid negative attitudes that inhibit change. The glass is half full not half empty.• Visualize the results; become goal oriented.• Work on building your self-esteem.• If you are a spiritual or religious person and believe in grace, divine intervention, or the power of prayer, then by all means pray for the energy and willingness to take action. Don’t give up, even is change is slow in coming. If you continue to incorporate these techniques into your life, they will help you change.