CREATIVE EXPLORERS:  Habits and Habit Stacking

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In reading ”Atomic Habits” (highly recommended), I saw this great piece of advice.

When it comes to building new habits, you  can use the connectedness of behavior to your advantage.  One of the best ways to build a new habit is to identify a current habit you already do each day and then stack your new behavior on top.  This is called Habit Stacking.

I think that this is a brilliant strategy.  I had the habit of waking up early.  I added Priming onto that habit.  Priming is a routine to start the day and might include physical movement, affirmations, meditation, etc.,

So I added some physical movement to get the blood flowing – a martial art exercise whereby I do back to front switches of a stance with a resistance band around my legs.  Then I do a form with an Affirmation.  And then three more Affirmations which I keep refining.

Habit Stacking means that a person takes a single good CURRENT habit and add your new habit next right next to it.  For example, I get up early + Add priming.    After getting a cup of coffee in the morning, then I would do meditation.  So Linking the two habits is key.

Habits Stacking uses a specific formula too which is Cue>Craving (Desire) > Response> Reward.

The initial Cue is Your Existing Habit.  When you see stairs, then it might Cue you to walk up them instead of taking the Elevator.

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