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Hard Habits to Break 45 min

  • Level 1
  • Level 2

Additional Materials: Marker Board with Markers, FlipGrid

Post this question at the front of the room for all to read before class starts:

How do my habits today impact my opportunities tomorrow?

From this question, lead a discussion with your students regarding what they think this question means.

Suggested discussion prompts: 

We often hear the word habit, but how would you define what a habit is? 

After students have given their thoughts on the definition of what a habit is, define habit as: “a settled tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.” 

As we began to discuss in activity 1, what are good and bad habits someone may have?
How are habits developed?
How can habits be changed? 

To build on the discussion, play the Habits Are Hard To Change video. The video identifies small habits we all have that we may not even notice and how hard it is to change these small things that we do. This demonstration is meant to show students how tough it can be to change bad habits and to do so requires time and conscious effort.

Continue the discussion with students by asking them the following:

Why are habits so hard to break?  

Read the quote below from the book “Atomic Habits” by James Clear. Be sure to explain to students the reason habits are difficult to change is because they eventually become a part of your identity. 

“Your identity emerges out of your habits. You are not born with preset beliefs. Every belief, including those about yourself, is learned and conditioned through experience. More precisely, your habits are how you embody your identity. When you make your bed each day, you embody the identity of an organized person. When you write each day , you embody the identity of a creative person. The more you repeat a behavior, the more you reinforce the identity associated with that behavior. In fact the word identity was originally derived from the Latin words essentitas, which means being, and identidem which means repeatedly. Your identity is literally your “repeated beingness.”  

-Atomic Habits James Clear (page 36) 

Stage 1 - Lesson 1 - Activity 2_ Habits Are Hard To Change

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