Tiny Habits

Print This Post Print This Post August 29, 2015 on 10:24 am | In Diet, Discipline, Exercise, Health, Nutrition | Comments Off on Tiny Habits

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In keeping with my intent to get back into blogging with briefer, more focused posts my upcoming efforts in fitness and health are going to leverage BJ Fogg’s insights into behavior modification via “Tiny Habits”.  If you haven’t seen his TED talk on this topic, I encourage you to check it out on YouTube.

The exciting aspect of his Tiny Habits approach is that it minimizes the need for motivation and commitment by focusing on new behaviors that are extremely easy to implement.  In some cases the new behavior is so easy that it seems trivial (for example, 2 pushups every morning when you wake up), but secret to its non-triviality is the impact making this new behavior a habit has over an extended period of time.

The focus of Tiny Habits is on habituation – making the new behavior automatic – rather than making the new behavior impactful or significant.  This is the exact opposite of the approach I have traditionally used, which was much more focused on installing highly impactful new behaviors by marshaling vast amounts of will power and discipline.  The problem with that type of approach is that it requires a lot of discipline and focus to maintain the behavior, especially once the initial enthusiasm wanes (for example, when one reaches a temporary plateau in performance or has a training setback, which almost invariably happens in the course of pursuing a worthwhile fitness or health goal).

The Tiny Habits approach should be much easier and much less stressful since it is not as dependent on discipline and commitment.  Since the necessary motivation to perform the new behavior is very modest it should be much easier to install the new behavior as a habit and perform it consistently.  I have never tried this approach before, so I’ll have to wait and see what the results are after I’ve had a few months to install some new behaviors.

Stay tuned!

Starlightwalker – Back on the Air

Print This Post Print This Post August 22, 2015 on 9:09 am | In Time | Comments Off on Starlightwalker – Back on the Air

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I’m back!

During the past week I had some website issues and in the process of getting them resolved realized that I have not posted anything on this site since 2012.  Yikes!  Time really does fly, and even more so as one ages.  Obviously a lot has transpired in the three years since I last posted an article, but rather than try to recap I think I will just use this as an opportunity to start anew with a fresh perspective.

Although I’m not sure what I will want to write about going forward it is clear to me that I do want to get back into the habit of posting new entries on a periodic basis.  In the past I have tended to write fairly lengthy articles, but I am more inclined at this juncture towards shorter, more focused entries.

 

 

 

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