TARGET BEHAVIOR

9596878-an-arrow-with-the-words-hit-your-target-is-pulled-back-on-the-bow-and-is-aimed-at-a-red-bulls-eye-taWorking on one problem at a time is more efficient in the long run.

In addressing a problem, it is extremely important to define the target behavior. 

In doing so, narrow the problem to a clear definition, which affords analysis and careful inspection.  For example, staying away from evening snacks may be a target behavior for the individual whose problem is reducing excessive weight gain.

Defined accurately, the target behavior can be assessed reliably. For instance, knowing the definition of the target behavior allows anyone observing the individual to know whether they are “hitting” the target behavior. When in doubt, ask yourself, “What do you mean by that?” “What exactly do I want to change?”

The target behavior must be quantifiable.

The measurements of the target behavior looks at dosage in the context of: A) frequency (how often are you exercising), B) duration (length of time you are able to perform an exercise regime), C) intensity (strength during the exercise regime), and D) amount of the by-product of the target behavior (for example, the amount of candy or ice cream left in the refrigerator as an indication of your commitment to your goals).

Finally, target behaviors should be appropriate and adaptive (new).  This means that target behavior should not create new problems.  For example, chronic overeating should not replace smoking cigarettes due to health risks.

What lies ahead are more activities for facilitating behavioral change.  Take some time to understand what you are truly targeting.

  • Dexter Miyashiro - This sounds like what we talked about the other day. Right now my target behavior is weight loss. It’s hard because if all the junk food that my family members eat. Just today, I was afford two spam musubis, a serving of fried rice, and a breakfast sandwich from the students I work with. I took them just nice and later in the day I was afford an ice pop and I said, “No, I can’t eat that.” The person replied, “Why?” I told him, “I’m trying to loss weight.” He laugh and than said as he walked away, “You don’t need to loss any weight. For what?” It hard, but I’m trying hard to stay on track. Good luck to me.ReplyCancel

    • rbfire588 - keep at it bro.. you got this! “Only you can prevent forest fires”.ReplyCancel

      • Dexter Miyashiro - Thanks rbfire588, I hear you loud and clear.
        I’ve pretty much got over the junk food phase.
        Now and then there are little emotional “hotspots” popping up from time to time. They happen at work, at home, and during my workout session too. UGH?!
        But on the bright side of all of this KrAzInEsS. I know I have a great support team (the coach and the other members) to help me to get to my Target Goal.
        Thanks again rbfire588ReplyCancel

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