Behavioural Change with Dr. Albert Viljoen

Behavioural Change with Dr. Albert Viljoen

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Behavioural Change with Dr. Albert Viljoen

Behavioural Change with Dr. Albert Viljoen

In episode #24 of The Alex Manos Podcast I speak with Dr. Albert Viljoen on behavioural change.

We discuss:

1. Willpower

Misunderstanding of willpower. We tend to see tough decisions, and assume we need willpower to overcome then. A more useful response, is to make it easier for ourselves. I’d say: create the type of environment that requires the least amount of willpower necessary.

Some internal stories that prevent people from making changes. (Having to scale the mountain / change my whole life / sacrifice x,y,z). Then we can play with some ways of reframing these obstacles.

2. Tools / habits for behaviour change 

The previous topic flows nicely into some tools and habits that work well, and give people ideas of where to start first.
We can talk about the habit cycle (Charles Duhigg), leveraging easy habits or small wins, and habit-stacking.

We can also look at some examples of game theory: building support structures, rewards and small goals into their daily lives.

3. Getting clearer on what you really want 

Most of us don’t know what we want. And, even if we do, there are often multiple layers to that answer. (5 why’s exercise)

A foundational practice Dr. Albert invites his clients to do, is self-reflection. it helps us crystallise our thoughts, needs and values. It turns on the lights on our landscape, so we can better see where we want to be.

Dr. Albert also shares a few examples of how people tend to misunderstand what they want & need. (A classic example is “I struggle with time management.”) .

Dr. Albert’s website is:

Episode Links

  • Atomic Habits by James Clear (available on Amazon)
  • The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
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