Tips for Behavior Changes:

Be persistent. Be Brave. And make your own prediction path. This is a tool I used in banishing bad habits from my lifestyle in Second Story Woman.

1.   Identify: Behavior/Feeling Challenge

2.    Trigger: What is the cause or root of the behavior/feeling?

3.     Intervention: How can you start to feel/act differently?

4.     Do Right Now: What small action/step can change your behavior/feeling?

5.     Life-long: What actions are needed to permanently change behavior/feeling?

Behavior/Feeling Challenge:



Being Late

Your Turn: This is an example from a workshop given at an Aging In America conference held in Washington, D. C.



 Intervention  Do It Right Now Lifelong
Doing one more thing before leaving. Write down that task to do upon return on a post-it and put on refrigerator. Leave and remember how good it feels to be on time. Intention / Promise to
Self. “I can be counted upon to not only show up, but to be on time.

Can't say, “No,” and getting over-scheduled


Learn to say, “I’d like to (help, meet, do), but that would double-schedule me. Remember can’t please everyone and do everything. Choose priorities wisely because it’s important to be good to self.

Lose Track

  of Time.

Set timer, watch, or phone. Carry small calendar with you as a reminder of commitments.


Move to next project/ commitment when timer goes off or it’s time to move on. Remember there is no such thing as a totally clean house or desk.






Allow self time every day that is just yours to do whatever nourishes you.

Scroll down for three more prediction path examples.



Behavior/Feeling Writing Challenge: From Geri B.

Not Writing Excuses

Trigger  Intervention Do It Right Now   Lifelong
Not the right atmosphere. Light a Candle! Sit! Put pen to paper.



Create a sacred space and stick to it.


Too Tired. Write that you are too tired for ten minutes. Wash face.


Go to bed ½ hour earlier.



No Time. Make time by consciously choosing what you’re willing to give up. Turn off TV. Don’t answer the phone. Reward regular practice.
Nothing to Say. Write on a prompt! NOW!


Move your critic to the back of the bus.


House is a


Alternate one task after writing three pages. Write 3 pages.

Ask self daily: How important is it?



Behavior/Feeling Diabetic Challenge: From Carole C.


Wanting Second Helpings

Trigger  Intervention Do It Right Now Lifelong
When tastes good Slow down, savor first helping Put away leftovers before sitting down to eat Shrink stomach
When still hungry Have a bottle of water or cup of soup. Get up and go for a walk.


If still hungry have some celery


Remember my diabetic brain doesn’t feel full until one hour after eating.

Rebellion Chew ice cubes, crush water not self



Get out ten raisins and chew slowly one at a time.




Eat mindfully


Behavior/Feeling Exercise Challenge: From a Lakeland College Workshop

Not Exercising






Do It Right Now



Too tired when

 arrive home.



No gym membership or equipment.



Don’t have time

to exercise.



Angry, sad, glad.



Pick a time and put in calendar.



12 inches of  space solution.



Make a priority.




Exercise. Feel Improved.





Set timer for five





Find 12 inches of

clear space and march, walk, dance in it.


Make a commitment to exercise today. Decide

on a time.


Workouts: Work out feelings.




Make daily

exercise as part

of routine.



Remember: Your body loves exercise.




Time is ours to use as we see fit.




Find an exercise you love. Enjoy.

Your Turn:

Behavior/Feeling Challenge: Identify it!   

            Plan Intervention.   Take one small step.    Lifelong Change.

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