Influence: Use The Environment
There are two other components to changing your behavior that are absolutely critical to understand. One of them is the environment that you're in because every behavior happens in an environment, and then the other is the people that you engage with and notice that when I talked about this when I titled this, I started with the word influence, which is also a little bit of a shift. Because remember this morning I was talking about this duality of everything that I talk about, right? Everything that I talk about is something that we can use on ourselves, and then it's also something we can use to affect the people around us. And so when we begin to think about the influence of the environment on behavior, we're going to start off a little bit by thinking about how environments are affecting our own behavior. But then we're gonna realize that as you manipulate environments, you're also affecting other people's behavior, Right. The environment that you're in is a really powerful determin...
ant of your behavior. Okay, we talked earlier about the fact that the habits that you have the things that you do mindlessly are driven by that consistent mapping between the world and your behavior, right? The car is always has the gas pedal in the left brake pedal on the right. And because of that consistent mapping, I know what what to do when I'm sitting in the car. Not only do I have habits that are where the environment itself helps me to maintain that habit, but also the environment itself promotes certain kinds of behaviors over others. Okay, so if I have, if I make trash cans readily visible in the environment, it makes it easier for people to throw their trash away rather than to just drop it on the ground, right? So So I can use the environment to help people to recognize what the appropriate behavior is to do. Okay, so environments matter a tremendous amount in terms of both their ability to support habits, but also in their ability to make particular desirable behaviors easy to perform. What I want you to remember is that the critical aspect of using the environment is that we want to make desirable behaviors easy to perform and undesirable behaviors hard to perform. And so what I want you to dio is, um is actually to return to that habit diary that we started with yesterday. Okay, so remember, with the habit Dari, what I'm asking you to do in the long run is to think about over a 14 day period. What are the habits you have that you know when you're trying to change something? When do you do it? Where do you do it? How are you feeling? Right. What? What is the circumstance that you're in? And and now I want to focus on the environmental influences on these habits. Right? And what are some of the ways that you might consider changing that environment in order to promote a better set of habits than you had before? Think about what are some of the environmental influences on that habit. And then I want you to actually, if you can, to draw out that environment a little bit physically, you know, make a drawing, no matter how bad it is. Don't never worry about being a bad drawer. It's it's, it's It's good to draw things out, draw out that environment a little bit and think to yourself what are what is one or two or even three changes You might make that might make it easier for you to do the desirable behaviour and harder for you to do the undesirable one.
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