BJ Fogg, a researcher from Stanford University has studied behavior changes and what increases the likelihood that changes will evolve into new lifestyles. He shares the same conclusion we have regarding the importance of environment, setting yourself up for success by creating environments that support rather than sabotage your efforts to live better.
Fogg adds another factor to increase sustainable change. Daily decisions we make are another factor that you and I can be empowered by to make the new life habits that lead us to well-living. Fogg calls these “tiny habits” and challenges us to attach a small habit after a regular event/behavior. This decision to attach a small habit to something you already do/experience is powerful because it’s not creating more work, another task to remember, or another program to join.
Brushing teeth is (or we hope is) a regular event in our lives…attaching a small habit (action) like drinking a glass of water after you brush doesn’t make for more work and has an actual direct health benefit to it. After a period of time, it would seem strange to not drink that glass of water after brushing your teeth, it now is a natural reflex or ritual.
Here’s an opportunity to engage in a practical step: Create your own tiny habit by using a simple format by Fogg. We’d love to hear your tiny habits to inspire others!
After I ______________.
I will _______________.
Here’s to creating tiny habits that add up to big changes in the health of our communities and individual lives!
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