Behavior Change Through Tiny Habits 

 April 28, 2021

By  fouts

Have you ever done something that was so automatic you didn’t even realize you were doing it? Did you regret it? Can you think of a behavior you’d like be doing and don’t? Or maybe a behavior you’d like to change, but no matter how you try you haven’t been able to manage it?

Yeah. Me too. And it bugs me. I’m guessing you too?

With the right knowledge, we can do so much more and be so much more satisfied with our lives.

Whether you want to:

  • Start a meditation habit
  • Be less reactive with your family or your boss
  • Stop procrastinating and start doing
  • Offer compassion to yourself and others
  • Be a better communicator
  • Start exercising or walking routines
  • Make more time for what matters most to you
  • Or any habit you want to create

There is a way to create the habits that lead to your own personal success..

About Tiny Habits®
The Tiny Habits method is created by Dr. B.J. Fogg, Director of the Behavior Design Lab at Stanford University and it makes habit-creation easy, sustainable and approachable. In the Fogg method, you create lasting change by creating tiny habits that lead to the desired behavior you want.

Motivation isn’t enough
We often think that the reason we fail is that we aren’t motivated enough. We drop into a negative cycle of beating ourselves up for not being able to do what we desire and we may spiral down into self-criticism and eventually quit even trying.

The tiny habits method gives you the tools you need to:

  • Craft a doable habit triggered by something you already do
  • Repeat the habit regularly
  • Celebrate your success in doing the habit

Each habit follows a simple format: After I (existing action) I will (new tiny habit)

For example:
You want to avoid working on the computer and spend more time relaxing with your family in the evenings.
The recipe might be: “After I end work for the day, I will turn off my computer.”

You want to get off your duff and start exercising.
The recipe might be: “After I eat lunch, I will take a 5 minute walk around the block.”

You want to be less critical and your self-talk.
The recipe might be: “After I notice the urge to be self-critical, I will say aloud “I’m a good person and I do my best .”

You want to practice gratitude in your life
The recipe might be: “After I turn out the light to sleep at night, I will list one thing that experienced that day that I am grateful for.”

Whenever I run into new methodologies I explore them to see if they are a good fit with the needs of my clients and the way I coach and teach. I firmly believe in the concept that small actions stick with us better than big ones in working with life shifts. Like Microdosed Mindfulness, ya know?

Tiny Habits fits perfectly into the way I work, and I’m happy to say I’m now a Certified Tiny Habits Coach, and can add this tool to my offerings for clients of all kinds.

Ready to get some new habits?
The Tiny Habits book is a great start. When you’re ready to dig deeper and start some new habits,  take the Tiny Habits 5-day challenge. Want more? Set up some time to chat here.

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