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Is this Video for You?
What’s a habit you want to build?
It could be eating, sleeping, exercise, reading, writing, learning.
If you don’t have a habit you want to build, close the page now.
Do you feel like developing this habit is easy?
If it’s easy, again close the page.
Now if you’re like almost everyone else, you’re developing a habit and it’s hard. This post is for you. Several of my friends were struggling to stick to new habits. When I mentioned I created the workshop below for them, I saw a large turnout and more people requested the video since they couldn’t make it.
The video below is an early version of a workshop-style speech I’m developing on “How to Create an Easier 5-Minute Healthy Habit”. The workshop style means it’s longer, a little over fifteen minutes. It’s not worth your time investment unless you have a habit you want to build now or you want to hear:
- the story of my diabetes diagnosis and the positive benefits (minute 4:25),
- how Michael Phelps robotically creates and follows habits to win gold medals (minute 9:55),
- why Maya Angelou went to a hotel room just for writing every day (minute 12:55).
I apologize in advance for my Maya Angelou impersonation. Don’t hate me if you’re an Angelou fan. I only have one female voice. You’ll have to watch to learn why it requires an apology.
Before you watch, print this handout with questions you can answer during the video to make your new habit easier. This is the same handout that audience members had during the workshop and you’ll see them scribbling answers throughout. Most people don’t spend time up front planning how to succeed with a new habit. Sometimes, failing to plan is planning to fail. Instead, walk away with a fully developed habit after the video and using the post-video resources afterward.
Most people don’t spend time up front planning how to succeed with a new habit. Sometimes, failing to plan is planning to fail. Instead, walk away with a fully developed habit after the video and using the post-video resources afterward.
5-Minute Healthy Habit Video
If you watched the video, you’ll hear me reference a more detailed “handout”, “packet”, or “exercises”. Download this document for those resources, exercises and mental models to make building new habits easier. Here’s a copy of the slides with a couple bonus concepts at the end. Finally, you can always use my Habits Guide to find ways to develop specific habits.
If you made your habit easier, I’d like to hear about it. If you know someone who might want to go to a workshop like this, send me a note. Pick your favorite way to contact me.
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.James Ryun