It’s Tuesday. And reality just got real weird yesterday. It was Day 1 of soccer tryouts for my high school freshman – it seems like just yesterday when I was going through the same process. Let’s just hope the work he put in this summer will pay off.
Speaking of, we’ve come to the most fun piece of your habit-building domination:
We’re going to take a page from Big Pharma and stick to our habits using…shameless BRIBERY.
The following story applies to just about any bad habit…
If you’re like my buddy Bill, you love soda in the afternoon because of the burst of energy the caffeine gives him. That burst is his reward, but obviously it’s an unhealthy habit.
So, the question for Bill was how can he get the same burst of energy, but in a healthier way?
Here’s what he did: he got a monthly subscription to Panera for unlimited coffee. Now, he drinks black coffee to get his caffeine fix without the unholy amount of sugar, aspartame, or high-fructose corn syrup of soda.
It’s not perfect. In a perfect world, I wish he would just go for a walk. But it’s a much healthier habit than soda. It’s a process. And I’m sure he’ll get there.
Now, to the bribery part…
What we’re ultimately after is momentum. Like physics, once you’re in motion, you tend to stay in motion. So, once you’re moving in the direction of making a habit automatic, we’re going to bribe ourselves, so we don’t stop the momentum.
The trick is to create rewards that reward you back.
DON’T reward your routine with an unhealthy reward. In other words, don’t reward a week of exercise with a large, sausage pizza for dinner on Friday.
DO reward your routine with something that makes you want to keep doing the routine. For example, hit the gym 3 times per week for a month, then treat yourself to new pair of sick kicks (that’s what the kids call cool shoes).
I own more pairs of True Linkswear shoes than I can recall, mostly because of rewards to myself – both professional and physical habits.
Bill also treated himself to a new pair of water-proof golf shoes so he can walk more courses in the mornings with us.
Your job today – think of a healthy reward for your fitness habit. Make it awesome. I’d love to hear about it.
Your #1 Fan,
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Years ago, golf was never on my radar when it came to working out. Nowadays, I won’t do a workout unless I know it’s going to help me on the course. Funny how our priorities change.
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