It’s totally possible…and it starts with habits.
Webster’s definition of a habit is “an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary.”
We all have a set of daily habits.
- Brushing your teeth
- Looking both ways before you cross the street
- Putting your shoes on
- Making coffee in the morning
These are tasks that are effortlessly, automatically, completed every day. The brain has established a synaptic connection that generally works without fail.
How do old habits help us build new ones?
You already have very strong habits and routines each day. For example, remembering to take a shower or make your coffee is not a struggle. These habits are established and firmly entrenched.
The secret to building new habits, is to stack or connect it to something you already do without thinking.
How does it work?
Habit Stacking, means you connect a new habit to one of your existing ones. This method, which was created by BJ Fogg as part of his Tiny Habits program, can be used to for nearly any habit.
Here’s the approach I teach in the LightHer Way program:
Start by identifying the current habits you already have in place.
On a sheet of paper, draw a line down the middle. On one side, list all of the habits that you already have in place. One the other side of the paper, list the NEW habits you want to add.
Next, we use the Habit Stacking Formula:
After/Before [CURRENT HABIT], I will [NEW HABIT].
Habit Stacking Examples:
- After my alarm goes off, I will brush my teeth.
- After I brush my teeth, I will put my workout clothes on
- Before I drink my coffee, I will drink a glass of water
- After I make my coffee, I will write in my journal
- Before I get into bed, I will write 3 things I am grateful for
The reason this works so well is that you are shortening the gap between where you are, and where you want to be. Instead of stringing several new habits together and feeling overwhelmed with so much change, you’re thinking smaller. Adding one new habit to something that is already easy for you to accomplish, is the key to lasting change.
Once you have established this system, it will be easier to stack more habits and create momentum for compounded success!
Habit stacking helps ensure you’ll stick with the new habit
Want to hear more? Check out Sacred Grounds Podcast episode 5, where we talk about our favorite habit stacking tips.
Want some help to get started creating new and more powerful habits? Check out the LightHer Way Program where I dive deeper into this topic and provide personal, 1:1 accountability and support to help you become a true habit queen.