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The Science of Habit Formation

I am incredibly hard on myself.

I set lofty goals, and sometimes, I fall short. 

I see this happen all the time, especially with former competitive athletes and “go getters”. 

I recently decided that at the age of 32 I wanted to run a sub 6 minute mile. The last time I did that was over 16 years ago, in 8th grade. Yup, I said one-six years ago. 

In my first two attempts, I clocked in at 6:22 and 6:28. Clearly, I have my work cut out for me. Shaving 22 seconds off a timed mile is no small feat. 

I’m nowhere near my time (yet) but I’ve already collected a lot of feedback on what I need to do differently to train to beat this goal. 

As I was rounding the corner of my last lap in my most recent sub 6 minute mile attempt, I wondered to myself, “why am I doing this?”. 

If we aren’t clear on why our goals are going to impact us, we can’t expect to create habits that support them. 

People set goals all the darn time but rarely are they examined

  • How will reaching this goal change my personal/professional life? 
  • Why is running a sub 6 minute mile important to me? 
  • Why am I choosing this kind of goal? Could the same sense of accomplishment come from some other goal?

We set these goals in fitness/business/finance or creative expression and feel crushed when we don’t reach them. 

Goals are accomplished because habits are made and consistently kept. 

So, instead of being crushed or feeling like a failure, I encourage you to turn your attention inward and get curious about your why.

Most diets don’t work because they try to turn you into a robot and put you in the passenger seat. You get spoon fed meal plans and told what to do but there is little soul searching and almost no education on why you are eating a specific way. 

The secret ingredients towards establishing habits and creating a new normal are revealed in my talk below. 

Creating a new normal where habits are effortless requires you…

  1. Upgrade your ingredients and keep traditional meals in rotation. This eliminates the sense of deprivation and makes eating enjoyable. 
  2. Be engaged: remain curious about what your symptoms mean and cultivate intuition on what you need to do in order to thrive. 
  3. Shift your perspective: there is no bandwagon and failure is merely an opportunity to collect data on how to proceed next. 

Whether your goal is the cut sugar from your diet, save more for your retirement, or let your creative spirit run wild, get clear on why it matters to you. 

“If you know the why, you can live any how.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

If you are curious about what tweaks and upgrades you can make for the improvement of your health, click here to schedule your free clarity session! 

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