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#326 – How to Make New Habits Stick!

Gretchen Rubin

Guest: Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Better than Before, reveals 8 effective strategies for creating new habits and how to exploit your own personality type to make your habits stick.

Here are my notes:

2:21 – Why do we do what we do, why are we the way that we are? How Gretchen got into the business of happiness and habits.

4:05 – The puzzle of habits: Why sometimes we can change and sometimes we can’t – even if we want to.

6:05 – When it comes to habits and expectations, there are only four types of people. Which type are you?

8:40 – Can people change? How to bust through the limitations of your habit tendencies to live more consistently with your nature.

12:04 – The 4 foundational things you need to get a handle on to master your good habits and eliminate the need for willpower.

14:42 – The importance of getting control over (or getting rid of!) the “stuff” in your life.

17:58 – Should you be monitoring your habits? The benefit of knowing where you are at all times and who this strategy might work for.

24:34 – Why going public with your goals could be good for you – and why some people should keep it secret.

25:58 – The danger of YOLO and the vicious start/stop cycle and how you can reframe habit stops and backslides for major success.

29:29 – The all-powerful lightning bolt: how people and habits really CAN change overnight!

32:54 – Abstainers vs. moderators. Why some people need it to be “all or nothing” and how it out could make all your cravings disappear.

39:33 – Are rewards and values undermining your habits? How to set up rewards to make your habits stronger…and when it’s OK to admit that you don’t even want to try.

46:37 – The real reason we want new habits and how they can make your life “Better Than Before.”

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