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What are the stages of forming or changing a habit?

One of the most widely accepted theories suggests that forming or changing a habit occurs in three stages:

  • First, you must identify the habit you wish to adopt or change.
  • Next, you need to raise your awareness of the reason(s) why you need to adopt new behaviors or change old ones.
  • Finally, you should develop strategies for making the healthy change.

From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.

Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children

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