Have you ever come across some variant of this motivational poster hanging on the wall of someone’s office or maybe tacked on their fridge?
Watch your thoughts,
They become words.
Watch your words,
They become actions.
Watch your actions,
They become habits.
Watch your habits,
They become character.
Watch your character,
It becomes your destiny.
Yeah, that one. You can find about 100,000 poster versions of it on Etsy. It’s been attributed to everyone from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Lao Tzu to Gandhi. (You know a quote has got that “timeless wisdom” catchiness when no one has a clue who really said it.)
The thing is, we hang these inspiring words everywhere and erroneously quote them after every philosopher and guru in history for a reason.
We know all about the power of our thoughts. We’ve got our affirmations, our scriptures and poetry, our TED talks, our moms.
We know all about the power of our actions. That “hell yes” feeling after we go to the gym, knock items off the to-do list, or finally ask that beautiful mysterious person we keep running into at our local coffee joint out on a date. We get that these things are central to who we are, what matters to us, what how our lives play out. We get it.
The elusive part, the part that keeps us up at night, the part that we stumble over again and again – is the habits.
The goal of this blog is to make that part of the equation a little less slippery.
Because the reality is, humans know a lot about habits. What they are, how they are formed, and most importantly, how to keep them or break them. And in this fast paced advancing at light-speed technological world we live in, there are as many game-changing tools as there are impediments at your disposal.
In addition to being a habit coach, I’m a clinical psychologist, and more specifically, a behaviorist. That means I study how human behavior works. Behaviorists break things down into their components so we can understand the whole picture better. I love this stuff. I’m a total nerd about this stuff.
So I know, firsthand, there is way too much STUFF out there. You can get lost in it. So how do we sift through the BS and take actionable steps towards developing strong and sustainable habits? How do we differentiate between the shiny distractions and the helpful tools?
That’s where Habit Hatch comes in.
Each week, I’ll post about various tried and true techniques, life hacks, and mindset shifts that will help you make sustainable habit changes in your daily life. Your weekly dose of hacks will include: Because Science, where I share psychological research around habit change, Mind Hacks, where I offer mindset shifters and mini-rituals to get you motivated, and Tech Tricks, where I review apps or devices that can help you reach your goals and stay on track.
Habit formation is hard work, and we are all special snowflakes on this planet, with our own quirks and needs. So try some of these things out, and don’t hesitate to reach out when you do. Let me know what worked. What bombed. What didn’t make sense. What made perfect sense. Where you stumbled, and where you triumphed. We’re all in this together.
Let’s go manifest our destinies, or something.
See you on the field.