If-Then Planning with Mel Robbins
I recently learned about If-Then planning by way of Mel Robbins, who is a brilliant and practical motivational speaker and educator. She helps people identify negative behaviors and gives them the tools to replace them with positive behaviors. The If-Then planning technique is perfect to use on behaviors you know you don’t want to engage in.
To reiterate, Mel emphasizes the importance of planning by writing down how you are going to handle certain situations when they present themselves. Go ahead and try it by identifying one behavior you’d like to avoid doing, and write down all of the triggers that start that behavior. Then, commit to an alternative behavior to do.