Designing for behavior change is systematic.
It’s not guesswork.
– BJ Fogg
I am a Tiny Habits® Certified Coach, trained by Linda Fogg Phillips (on web) and BJ Fogg (on Twitter, web). I completed my training in November 2013. I also am an alum of BJ’s June 2012 Behavior Design Boot Camp.
I am trained to help people shift and change behaviors and easily develop habits.
Inspired by servant leadership, I am a coach at the intersection of Behavior Design and Improvisation. In June 2013, I co-presented my perspective – Who’s a Servant-Leader Anyway? (.pdf) – at the 23rd Annual Conference of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership. My specialty area is applying Improv in the Workspace. I work with people who have specific workspace and professional development goals. As an overview, I share my perspectives of the benefits of choosing an improv mindset in the workspace.
This post is to pass along a recent Life Reimagined Well Being article, The Best Way to Build Healthy Habits. The Life Reimagined author, Sarah Mahoney, describes the simplicity of BJ’s tiny habits (for which I am trained to coach) –
Pick a tiny change.
Choose a trigger.
– and in fact, this blog post includes BJ’s TEDx Maui talk of his favorite habit and what he now calls the Maui Habit – “After my feet touch the floor in the morning, I will say It’s going to be a great day.”
As shared in the article, a habit can be expressed as “After ____, I will ____”, and it is immediately followed by celebrating. I very much like how the author has described Celebrate –
Celebrate. Rewarding yourself for doing the new behavior is an essential step in turning it into a habit. The better you feel, the more likely you’ll be to stick with it. Fogg likes pumping both his arms in the air and saying, out loud, “I’m awesome,” or “Bingo!” Silent happy dances work too, no matter how silly they may sound.
– which essentially is having a happy feeling. All this happens in seconds – not in minutes, not because of marking off a to-do checklist item, not touching an app to note completion – just doing a very small habit with a happy feeling to punctuate it.