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Saturday, June 13, 2020

Matt Espeut, Health + Lifestyle Contributor

I received emails from a few sources, so I cant give direct credit for it, but wanted to give full disclosure that it isnt 100% my content.

With that being said, I think you will get great value from it.

You already know that habits have the power to transform your life.

Coming out of this lockdown, many of us are working on getting our regular habits back on track. Or maybe you need to create new habits in this new reality.

The other day I was listening to a podcast with a man who says he does 2 push-ups every time he visits the bathroom.

Now, even though this sounds a little weird because I wouldnt recommend doing push-ups in the bathroom (maybe right outside the bathroom?!) the basic info was solid.

Tiny Habits

It was all about making real changes in your lifestyle to support your goals.

The man BJ Fogg is actually a Stanford behavioral scientist who studies how people create routines and change habits.

He used his 2-push-up habit to kick start another tiny but healthy change in his life.

And do you know what happened?! They all added up to a 20+ pound weight loss in just a few months

He wrote a book about it called Tiny Habits. He also came up with a formula that outlines how to make these changes, so they become automatic, so you dont even have to really think about them:

"Behavior (B) happens when Motivation (M), Ability (A), and a Prompt (P) come together at the same time."

This basically means that to make a lasting behavior change (habit), you need to piece 3 things:

Motivation You have to WANT to make a change. If you think you SHOULD make a change, but you arent really into it, it wont stick. (Must be internal Motivation, not external motivation)

(REALITY CHECK: sometimes you have to give a new habit a try before you decide whether its for you or not. Once you start feeling the results, youll start to want to make the change.)

Prompt This is a reminder to do the behavior. It could be something like going to the bathroom or opening the refrigerator door or setting a timer or alarm on your phone.Or, your reminder could be a reward if you want to check your phone, you need to do 5 squats first.

Ability Not only you should be physically able to do the behavior, but also have the time and space to do it. Doing those 5 squats takes a lot less time and is much easier than running 1 mile!

Over time, this formula adds up to habits (and results) that can stick for a lifetime.

One of the things I really like about this approach is that it is super achievable.

He set the bar low rather than making himself do 10 push-ups, he just did 2. That gets rid of the dread factor!

Then he built it up from there, adding or changing a few behaviors as they occurred to him, eventually creating dozens of reflexive changes in his daily life! Pretty awesome, right?

Its all about stacking small wins that become BIG WINS. Small habits become a massive transformation.

Keep stacking little wins.

As I mentioned earlier, I know a lot of us are working to get back into our healthy habits after the wild ride 2020 has given us so far what is 1 behavior you can add starting today?

Committed to your success,


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