Lasting Behaviour Change Is Not a Quick Fix

Lasting Behaviour Change Is Not a Quick Fix

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Changing behaviour in a way that brings true and lasting behaviour change is not, never has been nor will it ever be a ‘quick fix’.


Changing behaviour in a way that brings true and lasting behaviour change is not, never has been nor will it ever be a ‘quick fix’. Much to the displeasure of many, there is no pill or any other miracle cure that will instantaneously offer lasting behaviour change. At best we have solutions that offer short-term relief; however, relief and solutions-based strategies offer what I call short-term comfort which in turn leads to bigger challenges down the track, that is long-term discomfort. 

Note: 
To clarify, at Fabic we are not against medication or relief strategies. Medication and relief strategies can and do offer suppression and relief from unwanted behaviours. This is sometimes needed due to the intensity of some behaviours; however, rarely would suppression or relief strategies be my favoured first line approach for behavioural issues and never as an isolated treatment method. If medication or any other relief strategies are being used, then I strongly advocate they be accompanied by long-term behaviour change and/or skill building strategies; only these strategies will bring lasting behaviour change. As a consequence, medication/relief strategies may no longer be required in the long term to relieve the body’s behavioural symptoms. 

In truth, creating lasting behaviour change is a life-long process as there will always be new life skills to learn and many past hurts to heal.

From my experience, the more life lessons we embrace and the more we commit to developing the skills to self-master them (no matter how hard it might seem at the time), the more our behaviours start to change and the deeper and more rewarding the quality of life we will have. 

So yes, in the short term, committing to create lasting behaviour change may appear like a lot of work, embarking on a life-long lesson of learning and teaching life skills; nonetheless, the commitment to creating lasting behaviour change is well worth making. 

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