5/1/2022 0 Comments
More on Habits (Part 1): Structuring your day to increase likelihood of new habits
I am currently writing this 2nd post, 6 weeks after my 1st post (I did not meet my goal, but better later than never!), in a heightened state of overcoming LIMBIC FRICTION, which is a term coined by Andrew Huberman in a podcast I listened to this morning after an excellent night's sleep and a good boost of caffeine. Limbic friction is essentially internal resistance to a behavior. For example, I generally do not enjoy writing...yet, as a way to share what I am learning. I have to overcome a lot limbic friction to make it happen, hence why it took 6 weeks to publish my 2nd post.
What I am learning from Andrew is that specificity of goals, habit formation, and behavior change is less important than setting myself up for success. Specifically, putting my cognitive and physical self in a certain context is more likely to lead to behavior change than writing out a goal with an exact time and date. Contributions to context include but are not limited to the following:
How is this related to health and wellness? It is good to know when would be the optimal time to exercise or food prep for example when those behaviors have higher amounts of limbic friction. Since my biggest limitation in health is managing my stress and sleep quality, performing my high level limbic friction tasks as a gym owner and coach in phase 1 while making sure I actually transition to phase 2 as the hours go rather than continuing my stressful work is of high importance to my health.
How could this suggested breakdown of one's day apply to you?
Continuing James Clear's advice of stopping a behavior prior to exhaustion to keep it sustainable in Atomic Habits, I am going to stop here. I hope to post more of what I learned from this podcast and behavior change soon at times when I have set myself up for success!
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