01/24/2013 08:16 am ET Updated Mar 26, 2013

How To Break ANY Bad Habit

Have you given up on your New Year's resolutions yet? One of the main reasons that New Year's resolutions are so often forgotten before January is out is that they usually require habit change.
And habits, without the right techniques, are highly resistant to change, as I explain in my new book: Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Why We Do Things, Why We Don't, and How to Make Any Change Stick. Long-established habits tend to keep us going along in the same old grooves, despite our best intentions.

But because habits work unconsciously and automatically, with a little cunning and perseverance, we can train our in-built autopilot to get the changes we want.

So here is my 11-step guide to breaking any bad habit, based on the hundreds of psychology studies I cover in the book.

How To Break Any Bad Habit