Change the behaviour, keep the reward

We are what we do, consistently: our days are strung together through the momentum of our habits, both good and bad. Well-intentioned habits can easily become stale or harmful, so being able to spot and remodel them is perhaps one of the most valuable life skills we can learn. A habit is automatic: it often flashes past our eyes before we know what’s happening. But with a little amplification of awareness, we can break the habit down into three parts: