In this video, BJ Fogg explains how changing behavior is an equation involving motivation levels, ability to achieve a task and a trigger that gets you to an action. He also shows why celebrating little moments of success is important to help build momentum.
Check out his Behavior Model and Equation – there are a lot of good insights.
If you’re trying to implement any type of behavioral change in your personal or work life think about four things:
- Do you have a lot of motivation to make the change?
- If not, can you shrink the change a lot? His example is flossing one tooth instead of all teeth. If you are highly motivated, is there still something that can shrink the effort to achieve the task? It’s a good practice that will likely help you get to action more easily.
- Is your trigger to bring the new behavior to mind linked to something you already do? Again, this is much easier if you connect to something in your routine.
- Are you celebrating after each run through of the new behavior? If not, try cheering out loud or doing a little dance (maybe need to do this privately :-))