Habits, Success and Resolutions


I don’t like to work out, but I’ve been working out regularly for decades. The secret? A reward shortly after working out. It’s usually a bubble bath.

I just bought this:


According to Charles Duhigg (The Power of Habit), the secret to developing a habit is to identify and implement three things:

  1. a cue
  2. a routine
  3. a reward

The cue could be “morning”, the routine could be going to the gym and the reward could be a bubble bath (I don’t advise chocolate cake).

Remember, good habits are invaluable: they help you reach your goals on autopilot. If you don’t have to struggle to do the work because it is a habit, the more likely you’ll stick with it!

What are your cues, routines and rewards?




2 thoughts on “Habits, Success and Resolutions

  1. Almost everything I do is on a schedule. Part of the reason is I was brought up that way. All meals and bedtime were on a schedule. Because of cognitive challenges I’ve acquired, doing activities at the same time, all the time help with the short-term memory loss I fight and keeps me from feeling anxious. Rewards aren’t really a part of the deal with me unless feeling serene most of the time can be called one.

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    1. Glynnis, GREAT point about the anxiety! Working by routine or schedule can definitely help keep anxiety down. And the feeling of calm and achievement are often adequate as reward. Thanks for your feedback.


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