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4 Reasons It’s So Hard to Build Good Habits

Do you know how to build a habit?  

Are you struggling to make a good habit stick?

Have you set yourself up for success or for self-sabotage?

Goals are the results and outcomes you want to achieve. They are the direction you want to head in, at least for the time being.  But systems are what create the desired results and outcomes. 

Your daily habits make up your system. What you do day in and day out compounds over time to determine your level of success, mastery and contentment. 

In episode 48 of The Incrementalist, you will learn:

1) Key lessons from James Clear’s Atomic Habits and Professor BJ Fogg’s Tiny Habits books

2) What is a habit

3) How your brain controls your behavior 

4) How habits form through a neurological loop: cue, trigger, craving, response and reward

5) What drives behavior (Professor BJ Fogg’s B= MAP formula)

6) Why good habits are so hard to build

  • Reason 1 – the cue is not obvious 
  • Reason 2 – the craving is not strong
  • Reason 3 – the action step is not easy
  • Reason 4 – the reward is not satisfying

To listen to episode 48, 4 Reasons It’s So Hard to Build Good Habits, click here. If you prefer to read the transcript, go here. Subscribe to The Incrementalist at Apple Podcasts or other apps.

If you’re a visual learner, watch the video on our new YouTube channelThe Incrementalist – A Productivity Show!

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Dyan Williams is a solo lawyer who practices U.S. immigration law and legal ethics at Dyan Williams Law PLLC. She is also a productivity coach who helps working parents, lawyers, small business owners and other busy people turn their ideas into action, reduce overwhelm, and focus on what truly matters. She is the author of The Incrementalist: A Simple Productivity System to Create Big Results in Small Steps.