ChangeDrive - Do You Need To Make Changes In Your Life?

If you have problems, can you change the situation?
Welcome to ChangeDrive. We advise most people to come here first because you get the whole concept of YouDrive from here. We firmly believe humans are creatures of habit from the moment we take air to our last breath we create and live by developing habits.

Our specialists have spent over 25 years working in organisations looking at behavioural change. YouDrive is all about you taking charge. We have designed the site to provide a place for educating and providing information that can help you with your physical, mental and financial wellness.

But first we say look below at examples of what change is and how habits are not easily formed, good and bad, whether it’s eating too much processed food, or not drinking enough water or managing your income and outgoings each month.

What we say is to get rid of a bad habit or a vicious circle and turn it into a positive virtuous one you need to recognise the habit, cut into it and start a new one . Over time with perseverance you will change it. It can be painful and the road can be long but if your mind is determined to do it you will succeed.

Change Facts

1
days

is said to be the average time for a new habit to stick – really it varies! Source: European Journal of Social Psychology on James Clear website here

1 %
behaviours

every day are automatic – we’re not aware of them!

Source: ScienceDirect

1 %
chance

30-50% better chance of changing a habit with a coach

Source: Psychology Today

1
years

is the average lifespan of a Top 550 company in the US – 50 years ago it was 60 years!

Source: CNBC

of New Year's resolutions have failed by February  Source: Psychology Today
of people wish to stop smoking but only 3% stop for good Source: Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
of students drop out of their courses Source: University Business
of people pass their driving test first time (8% never pass!) Source: PassMeFast

Can I change?

Some examples of change – good and bad

  • Many people still smoke even though the packet contains warnings and horrid pictures of what it can do to you. But yet people still smoke. It’s a habit and a strong habit with your body becoming nicotine dependent. People do stop when the doctor says you could die in ten years if you don’t.
  • A new year’s resolution is a promise we make and 90% break it within minutes, hours, days, weeks.
  • Passing a driving test has more positive benefits and outcomes – there’s an instructor there to help.
  • Exercise – start to exercise slowly and gradually build up. Humans don’t seem to have a measure and go like hell exercising in the week, then can’t wait for 2 days, ache all over, feel sick and then stop exercising.
  • Control spending – read some of the statistics on the fueldrive and drinkdrive and see for yourself how our impulsive buying keeps us poorer and stops us saving for the things we want. Or are you a type of person who thinks credit cards are to be used and it’s free money until you get the bill and the interest rate is 28%. So learn to treat financial wellness like physical and mental wellness.

These examples relate to our habits.  We spend half our waking days on automatic behaviour – doing things we’re not even aware of!

These are habits – we have good habits and bad habits.

 

We can create and break habits

albert einstein

“If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.” – Albert Einstein

“The chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.” Warren Buffett

“The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.” – Charles Duhigg

  1. Up to 45% of our daily behaviours are automatic – we’re not even aware of what we’re doing – Duke study 2006
  2. Habits allow your brain to save energy – it automates small chunks of behaviours making them need less brain activity to do when repeated
  3. Habits are much more difficult to break – habits live in the core part of the brain used by our ancestors
  4. Habits are spiritual – AA’s 12 step programme is based on belief – sharing feelings creates common belief
  5. One key habit can trigger other changes – as long as it’s the right habit

Changing habits

You know you have good ones and bad ones. You are perfectly aware of the fact that you need to exercise but then you think of any excuse not to.

But how can you change something, if you don’t know how it works? When you have no clue that your car needs oil to run, how can you know it’s oil you need to put in when it suddenly stops dead in the middle of the road?

The key is to learn about the habit. Why its there, how did it get there, can I get rid of it, how long will it take me. Once you know how habits work, changing them becomes much easier.
The facts below are in the brilliant book called ‘The Power of Habit’ by Charles Duhigg.

1. Half of the time you are awake is spent with automatic behaviours

This study from Duke University in 2006 found that up to 45% of all our daily behaviours are automatic.

2. Habits are a way for your brain to save energy.

Your brain is the most efficient processor on the planet. Your brain makes up only 2% of your total mass, but it consumes 25% of all the oxygen you inhale.
Automating behaviours in the form of habits is one of the best ways to save energy.

3. Habits are even tougher to break than you thought — way tougher

Sometimes I look at people who smoke and think: Does he have no clue how short life is? How can I take him even seriously, if he’s smoking?”
The reason habits are so tough to break lies in the structure of your brain. Based on evolution, the newer the parts of the brain are further away from the centre of the brain, . Your prefrontal cortex, where all complex thinking is done, is right behind your forehead.

Here’s where the basal ganglia is, the part of the brain where habits are formed. This little lump of tissue with the size of a golf ball has been around for a few thousand years.
It already made sure the caveman ancestor of your great-grandfather kept breathing, swallowing and running away from a saber tooth tiger. If that’s the kind of stuff that’s anchored in your basal ganglia, then you can imagine it would be fairly hard to get it out of there again.
It’s no wonder you can’t just quit smoking from one day to the next.

4. Habits are a spiritual thing — you better believe it

The reason why AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) is so efficient and has boasted about 2 million members each year, for the past 25 years, is surely not it’s 12-step program.
Alcohol addiction is a serious medical condition, people institutionalize themselves to get rid of it.

What fuels the success of AA is belief. Sometime during that first meeting, every newcomer looks around and starts thinking: “If it worked for that guy over there, why not for me?”
Getting together, sharing feelings and rallying together creates a common belief among the group that things can change. And to top it all off: belief works on top of belief.
Studies have shown that while no particular religion helped AA individuals reach sobriety faster, having any sort of faith at all made a huge difference over atheists and agnostics.

5. One keystone habit can change everything

Once we go further down the “habit hole”, we usually find dozens of things we want to change. Quit biting nails, stop drinking, don’t eat out so much and start running. This is neither efficient, nor even necessary.
It’s enough for you to change one habit, it just has to be the right one. Duhigg describes these as keystone habits, which cause a positive ripple effect and automatically infer changes in other areas.
You don’t have to start big, but you have to start with the right habit.

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Who moved my chesse – summary

Who moved my cheese?

This is a well known  video about change.  Cheese represents what you want in life – whether it’s a relationship, success or career.  The full video is 15 minutes long, but the summary on the left is only 4 minutes long and gets the main points across.  Click below to watch the full video.

“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”
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Michael Jordan
Former US basketball player

Next Steps

It doesn’t matter what stage  you’re at – it’s important to be the best you can be.  At the end of the day it’s about taking personal responsibility – You Drive!

It’s really your choice. You can find out more information about the subject, or see other institutions that can help by going to Support. There you will find organisations, training, coaching, self-help courses and other items to support your personal change. We have also started developing a panel of experts to provide info, advice, help and support. 

More Information

Scroll down to see more information on this Drive.  If you register with us by providing an email address you can also download reports, white papers, quizzes and other collaterals.  Don’t worry, we will never ask you for any financial information, and we’ll only send you the information you want.

You can register for our site either above or in the footer below, and there’s more information available and you can comment and participate in discussions too.  We want to encourage our members to provide their own questions and experiences in order to help other members.  We only moderate for spam and inflammatory language – see our moderation policy here.

Soon you will be able to register as a YouDriver – you’ll get your own health dashboard, be able to assess your own health, look at how to improve it and build your own action plans.

We also show you links to other sites offering support in this area and also some products and services which might help you on our Support pages, which you can go to by clicking the Support button below.

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There are times when you need some help to meet your aims. At YouDriveHealth we try to help you to take control of your own health. Sometimes however you need a helping hand.

As the next step we are compiling a list of experts who can help you, whether by providing advice, help or specialised services.  In the future you will be able to access these experts from anywhere on our site you see our ‘Experts’ symbol.

We will be adding to our list of experts continually; we try to recommend things and partners that we have used ourselves, but obviously we can’t take any responsibility for any specific outcomes.  

If you click the button you’ll see what our Experts list will look like, with a couple of imaginary ‘experts’ added!

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See what other things can help

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Udemy have a free course on ending bad habits and developing healthy ones

Quora have a an article on breaking bad habits

The US News In Health (NIH) article from Jan 2012 on breaking bad habits

Have a look at an example of British holiday habits

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