Day 64: I’m going to get very good at juggling!

Managing emotions with food and booze creates very bad habits. Of course there’s the obvious one – running away from emotions – but once you learn to eat without hunger and drink without thirst, those habits embed all over the place. Every time I hit a snag in my writing, face a challenge at work,…

Day 60: The power of a compelling reason

Woo hoo! 60 days alcohol free. Now to do the last 40 without alcohol or sugar. Day 1 without both. I literally don’t know how many times I have tried to cut sugar out of my life. I was 11 the first time and 41 the last time. Neither can I tell you how many…

Day 57: Deliberately shaping habits

Having spent 20 years as a corporate trainer, I’m certain of one thing: We are a product of our habits and, most of the time, we don’t even know what those habits are. People often look at their lives and feel disatisfied but rarely trace that dissatisfaction back to the tiny, everyday things that ultimately…

Day 53: Testing my process for giving up a bad habit

Part of the reason for giving up alcohol was to determine whether or not I had created a habit change process that was robust enough to hold up in the face of a habit I thought I couldn’t break. It was. But. Many other things changed in my life at the same time. The process…

Keystone Habits: Why they hold such Power (Blog and Podcast)

This is Episode 4 of 6 in the “Goals and Habits” series. Listen here. If you missed any of the first three episodes in the series, you can find those here: Goals: How to set good ones Values: Why they’re important Habits: How and why they form In this week’s episode, I cover keystone habits,…

Day 15: The multi-cue habit

I’ve spent today recording this week’s podcast episode about habits. In it, I talk about how habits form and discuss the three elements that make up a habit – a¬†cue, a routine and a reward. I decided to use this little 100 day quest as an example to explain how the cue triggers you to…