In this episode, you’re going to learn exactly what you need to form new habits.
Even if you think you already know everything there is to know about habits, you probably still struggle to apply this knowledge and make change stick.
And if this topic is brand new to you, don’t worry; I have a way of explaining it that’s fun, and so simple even a 5-month-old puppy can understand it.
Just because it’s science doesn’t mean it has to be complicated and boring.
When we make change fun and easy to understand, you’re more likely to be successful in applying all of this research.
That’s why this episode also comes with a free companion workbook, so that you not only listen and learn, but also go deeper and apply what you’re learning to your own life.
You can download that for free at melrobbins.com/habits.
I’ll teach you the three critical parts of forming new habits, and together we’ll unpack the brain research that explains why these parts are essential to your habit-making routine.
When you’re done listening, you’re going to see that you’re making the same mistake most people make: you’re only focused on one part of forming a habit, and you’re missing the other two.
I’m really excited for you to listen, learn, and apply all this knowledge.
New habits begin as something you practice, and after applying this over time, they become who you are.
In this episode, you’ll learn:
- 8:00: Why willpower doesn’t work
- 11:15: Why we struggle with new habits
- 12:30: What actually is a habit?
- 15:15: The free gift I have for you
- 15:50: Why are habits important?
- 19:50: What the research says about successful people
- 25:10: What’s getting in the way of your new habits
- 25:50: Three critical parts to all new habits must have
- 27:40: Two ways Chris and I set ourselves up to succeed with our habits
- 32:45: Six types of behavior triggers
- 38:50: What to do if you want to stop that nightly glass of wine
Resources and go deeper:
- Free PDF on habits that serves as a companion to this episode: click here
- For Closed Captions: Watch on YouTube and turn on “CC.” For instructions to turn on closed captions, click here.
- Caroline Edgar of Grateful Dog VT – Mel’s dog trainer who appears on the episode
- Check out the research of Dr. Wendy Wood: University of Southern California lab
- Dr. Wendy Wood, “Good Habits, Bad Habits: The Science of Making Positive Changes That Stick”
- Dr. Wendy Wood: “Behavioral Scientist” article
- Dr. Ann Graybiel: MIT researcher sheds light on why habits are hard to make and break
- Dr. Ann Graybiel: The Graybiel Lab at MIT
- Dr. Ann Graybiel for Scientific American: “How the Brain Makes and Breaks Habits”
- Philippa Lally’s research on habits: University College London
- Philippa Lally, “How are habits formed: Modelling habit formation in the real world”
- Research from Angela Duckworth: Grit vs. Self-Control; list of her publications on the topic
- Listen to “Goal Setting Toolkit: Why Behavior Change Often Fails & How to Set the Right Goals for You”
- Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit
- BJ Fogg, Tiny Habits book