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Choosing and Changing the Right Habit

What is the one habit that you can create or change to get the most positive results in performance or life? Think of it as a micro-habit. What’s one thing you can do to 5X or 10X your results?

Once you know what this micro-habit is, how can you make it as easy as possible to do? How can you set up your environment so that you don’t have to remember to do it?

Three examples of micro-habits I’ve found are effective for me are:

  1. Keeping my trombone on a stand so I don’t have one more thing to do before I start teaching or practicing (saves time and energy).

  2. Putting my teaching books and materials in the same place each time I’m done using them to make sure I know exactly where they are (staying organized helps me devote more mental energy and time during teaching and prepare for teaching).

  3. Keeping the healthy foods I want to eat more of visible in the fridge and on countertop/cabinet space (I’m very out of sight, out of mind….if I see it, I will eat it!).

The behaviors I want to reinforce, I make sure they are as easy as possible to do.

So, what do you want to improve or change? Work backwards from the desired outcome, what behaviors will help you reach your goal? The next step is pinpointing what the first step/habit of creating that change is and making it as small and easy to execute on a daily basis as possible.

Recommended further reading: Atomic Habits by James Clear

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