Micro habits (and how to establish them)
We often think that meaningful change comes from deciding on (and then smartly defining) big goals. But the science shows that what we really need is a system of small habits that over time compound to drive us forward. Because when we get our system of habits down, the goals take care of themselves.
The problem with goals
In this highly-practical and instantly useful session, we'll dive into the enlightening world of habit formation, recognising how to get the right systems in place, so that the goals take care of themselves.
We can think of habits as routines, or rituals, that get performed regularly. If goals (which we can often get bogged down in) are the results we've decided we want to achieve, our system of habits are what will get us there. When we meaningful making the link in our minds between goals and habits, we set us up for measurable success — whether we're trying to get fitter, or get promoted.
As James Clear tells us in his brilliant book, Atomic Habits, himself drawing on the work of B.F Skinner and Charles Duhigg; "You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems." Whether it's fitness, promotion or something altogether different we're after, we need to get clearer on the system of habits we need to get there.
And as we learned from polar explorer Ben Saunders in our recent sessions on building belief; it's the pursuit of the goal rather than its ultimate achievement in which we find meaning and growth. Process leads to progress.
Over an energising and hyper-practical 90 minutes, we'll explore a step-by-step system for establishing habits, drawing from the worlds of psychology and behavioural science — boiling down the best thinking on the topic, and providing everyone along with an individual action plan to put into play right away.
What we'll cover:
• The peril of goals, and the power of habits.
• The principle of marginal gains as a guide to developing daily systems of improvement.
• Beating a lack of willpower.
• How to build a new habit off the back of an existing one.
• Applying the EAST (Easy, Attractive, Social, Timely) framework to our own behavioural change goals.
• The impact of our physical environment on forming habits.
• One minute starts
How the session will be structured:
A YCN coach-facilitator will lead the group through a powerful and practical playbook for productive habit formation, pulling in the perspectives of those participating — and relating them to our individual and collective challenges. We'll be sharing tools and techniques to challenge the way you think about your habits, and how they can accelerate and guide you to where you'd like to be.
Who is the session for?
Anyone keen to get more done, and bring more purpose and meaning into their days.