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You are 2x to 3x more likely to follow through with a habit if you make a specific plan for when, where, and how you are going to implement it. This is known as an implementation intention.
You can use this formula: “During the next week, I will partake in at least 20 minutes of vigorous exercise on [DAY] at [TIME OF DAY] at/in [PLACE].”
This is the ability to perform a behavior without thinking about each step, which allows the pattern to become automatic and habitual.
Because when you begin practicing a new habit it requires a lot of conscious effort to remember to do it. But after a while, your new habit becomes a normal routine and the process is more or less mindless and automatic.
People who try to accomplish multiple goals are less committed and less likely to succeed than those who focus on a single goal.
So it's important to remember that developing a specific plan for when, where, and how you will stick to a new habit will dramatically increase the odds that you will actually follow through, but only if you focus on one thing.
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It refers to our tendency to choose immediate rewards over future rewards. It's why we make plans, but don't take action.
When we make plans, we are actually making plans for our future selves. But when the time comes to make a decision, we are in the moment and our brain is thinking about the present self.
The ability to delay gratification is a great predictor of success in life.
If you really understand how to resist the attraction of instant gratification, you'll be able to bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to be.
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They refer to the plan you make about when and where to act before the action occurs.
The format for creating an implementation intention is: “When situation X arises, I will perform response Y.”
Implementation intentions are an effective way of sticking to your goals.
If you make a specific plan for when and where you will perform a new habit, you have bigger chances to follow through.
You don't need motivation, you need clarity. Simply follow your predetermined plan: I will [BEHAVIOR] at [TIME] in [LOCATION].