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Changing a habit

...means changing the cue that triggers it.

Instead of focusing on developing the habit of “working out,” develop the habit of putting yourself in the position to work out regularly: get home, get into workout clothes, prepare you water, go to the gym. 

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Willpower is like a muscle

Willpower is like a muscle

Just like going to the gym and building up strength, the more you train your willpower by accomplishing tasks on a consistent basis, the more you’ll have of it.

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Missing a habit is not the end of the world

While consistency is key, missing one or a handful of opportunities to practice the desired habit will not ruin your chances at establishing that habit in the long run. 

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Making a good habit stick requires:

Making a good habit stick requires:

  1. Knowing the basics about how habits form and how they work
  2. Adjusting your perception about the habit you want to build - If the habit seems impossible, then it will feel harder
  3. Planning for when things go wrong

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Habits  = “automatic” responses...

Habits = “automatic” responses...

 ...to familiar environmental cues. 

They form when you engage in a behavior repeatedly in the presence of consistent stimuli.

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There’s no magical number...

There’s no magical number...

...of days to form a new habit.

Instead, habits come about gradually over time and in a non-linear fashion.

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Habits are comprised of 3 main parts:

  • An environmental cue (that triggers your brain to initiate a habit);
  • behavioral response (the manifestation of the habit);
  • reward (that reinforces the habit).

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Self-Discipline - a series of healthy habits

Long term change is better served by building better habits, than by forcing your willpower. 

You will choose the apple over the cake for a number of times ... and then give up. Building a habit to start the day by going to the gym will work better.

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Chaining

Chaining

Connecting exercise to a solid event that you know will happen is a great way to stay consistent. I know that I will leave work at 5 every weekday – instead of going home, I bring my workout clothes with me and go straight to the gym.

This chaining is also why it can be hard t...

How to CREATE new habits

How to CREATE new habits

• This is how new habits are created: By putting together a cue, a routine, and a reward, and then cultivating a craving that drives the loop.

• To create a new habit (such as running each morning), you need to choose a simple cue (e.g. leaving your gym clothes out,...

Making a Habit Ladder

Making a Habit Ladder

Keep a trigger cue ready and stack up the routine in such a way that your tasks become a habitual routine without any friction, each trigger cue and routine stacked over the next one.

Example: Put on running shoes instead of slippers in the morning and that's your cue to go out for a wal...

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