May 16 2022
By: Shawn M. Galloway
Some habits form without realizing certain behaviors are occurring. If we want to create habits in others, we need to be intentional.
With significant data over many years, we proved a hypothesis in our firm: If you don't get the targeted or desired behavior in someone's head, you will never get it in their habits. You must go through the conscious to arrive at the subconscious. Suppose you want something to become habitual within another person eventually. In that case, they need to know what that is before it can become the way work is performed or have the behavior occur without prompting.
What behaviors, if they became consistent, would most directly contribute to the results you are pursuing? Now, how do you get it out of your heads and into the heads of others?
"A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time." — Mark Twain
"And once you understand that habits can change, you have the freedom and the responsibility to remake them." — Charles Duhigg
Shawn M. Galloway is CEO of the global consultancy ProAct Safety. He is a trusted advisor, professional keynote speaker and author of several bestselling books on safety strategy, culture, leadership and behavior-based safety. He is a monthly columnist for several magazines and one of the most prolific contributors in the industry, having also authored over 650 podcasts, 200 articles and 100 videos. Shawn has received awards and recognition for his significant contributions from the American Society of Safety Professionals, National Safety Council's Top 40 Rising Stars and Top Ten Speakers, EHS Today Magazine's 50 People Who Most Influenced EHS, ISHN Magazine's POWER 101 - Leaders of the EHS World and their newest list: 50 Leaders for Today and Tomorrow and Pro-Sapien's list of The Top 11 Health and Safety Influencers.