What Are Habits?
Let’s define habits. Habits are the small decisions you make and
actions you perform every day. According to researchers at Duke University,
habits account for about 40 percent of our behaviors on any given day.
Your life today is essentially the sum of your habits. How in shape or
out of shape you are? A result of your habits. How happy or unhappy you are? A
result of your habits. How successful or unsuccessful you are? A
result of your habits.
What you repeatedly do (i.e. what you spend time thinking about and
doing each day) ultimately forms the person you are, the things you believe,
and the personality that you portray. Everything
I write about – from procrastination and productivity to strength and nutrition – starts with better
habits. When you learn to transform your habits, you can transform your life.
page includes recommended resources on forming better habits and breaking bad
ones in any area of life, but if you’d like to explore information on specific
types of habits, check out these articles:
3 Ways to Form Better Habits
- How to Build a New Habit: This is Your Strategy Guide: Read
this guide right now to learn 5 easy, powerful strategies for changing habits.
- The 3 R’s of Habit Change: How To
Start New Habits That Actually Stick: Every habit you have —
good or bad — follows the same 3–step pattern: Reminder (the trigger that
initiates the behavior), routine (the behavior itself; the action you take),
and reward (the benefit you gain from doing the behavior). This helpful
framework can make it easier to stick to new habits so that you can improve
your health, your work, and your life in general.
- Identity-Based Habits: How to
Actually Stick to Your Goals This Year: Most of the time we set
our goals in the wrong way. Read this article to learn how identity-based
habits can help you achieve your goals more easily.
3 Ways to Break Bad Habits
- How to Break a Bad Habit and Replace
It With a Good One: Want to learn how to break a bad habit?
Read this article to discover the science of breaking bad habits and practical
suggestions for making it happen.
- How Vietnam War Veterans Broke Their
Heroin Addictions: By simply removing yourself from an
environment that triggers all of your old habits, you can make it easier to
break bad habits and build new ones.
- How to Declutter Your Mind and
Unleash Your Willpower by Using “Bright-Line” Rules: A
bright-line rule refers to a clearly defined rule or standard. It is a rule
with clear interpretation and very little wiggle room. It establishes a bright
line for what the rule is saying and what it is not saying. Most of us
could benefit from setting brighter lines in our personal and professional
How to Make a Habit Stick
How to Build Habits That Last and Design
Life as You Want It
to learn everything you need to build better habits and break bad ones? I
recommend the Habits Academy.
Habits Academy is the world’s most comprehensive course on habits and the
science of human behavior. More than 5,000 students have taken the course. Over
40 video lessons are available to Habits Academy students.