One weird human paradox is that we simultaneously want change, and resist it. Perhaps that’s a good thing. Without that initial resistance, without the cycle of rewards and repetition needed to turn an action into a habit, we’d establish habits TOO easily. So if you’re feeling some reluctance toward a new behavior, try viewing this
There’s no hard and solid line separating dreams, goals and habits, but here’s a useful distinction: Goals are dreams with data. They can be quantified and measured. Habits are specific actions performed in response to a specific trigger or cue. For a long time, I included “Simplification” among my daily habits. There were days when I
Spring is here, and so is allergy season. Before you reach for those over-the-counter pills, though, consider taking the GIDIG approach: Identify a goal, break it down into small daily actions, and turn those actions into habits. If your goal is to get through allergy season without getting a sinus infection or stumbling around in a
To-Do Lists tend to be long, unfocused, and unrealistic. Wildly optimistic, at best. If your habit system includes things that you routinely leave undone, you’ve entered To-Do List territory and the primary habit you’re acquiring is the habit of non-completion. If this sounds familiar, it may be time to prune and refocus your habit system.
Some goals are so vague that they’re difficult to quantify, much less achieve. “Get in shape.” “Be more positive.” The same problem arises with habits. If you’re struggling to acquire a habit, there’s a good chance that you need to redefine it. When you’re defining a habit, narrow it down to a specific action, performed at