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Habit Science

Tiny Leaps Make Big Changes: Gregg Clunis on PYP 427

Gregg Clunis learned most of what he knows about persistence, strategy, personal development, and success from watching his immigrant parents struggle to achieve their dreams. Originally from Jamaica, Gregg and his family followed his father, who had been a professor and police officer in their native country, and worked as a migrant farm laborer in… Read More

Steven C Hayes on PYP 425: How to Liberate Our Minds

Steven C Hayes is the originator of ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or Acceptance and Commitment Training, take your pick), one of the most important psychological approaches of the past 100 years. Why the high praise? For several reasons: ACT is evidence-based ACT is learnable ACT is actionable ACT can be practiced and shared by… Read More

Unraveling the Mysteries of Behavior: Mark Faries, PhD, on Plant Yourself 424

A key role of medical professionals whose job it is to help their patients and clients change, is to frame messages to maximize the odds of desired behaviors. Unfortunately, most medical professionals have been trained to communicate in ways that actually reduce patient self-efficacy by challenging their autonomy and undermining confidence in their competence. On… Read More

Prudence, Paranoia, and Preparation: How to deal with habits that aren’t second nature yet

When you’re growing a new habit that isn’t second nature, you’ll face situations that tempt you to regress to your old default behavior.

Some people deal with this through naive invocations of willpower: “I’ll just be strong and say no.”

Others get paranoid, and start seeing danger and threat in every situation. Obviously, neither of these is the answer.

Today’s video shares the best solution that I’ve found.

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The Key to Human Resilience with Scott Carney: PYP 413

Most of my work as a health coach involves helping people respond differently to stimuli. That is, develop the ability to make different choices when confronted with tempting foods, tempting environments, tempting people, and tempting sensations, emotions, and thoughts. Think about it – NOT having that ability basically means you’re a robot, a machine. If… Read More

How to Scare Yourself into Better Health

This week I got the shit scared out of me, and it was the best thing ever. Because I used two strategies to transform the fear while riding its energy.

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Do You Want to Play a Game?: PYP 407

One of the hot trends in behavior modification is gamification – that is, turning our goals and activities into behavioral chunks in order to win points and, sometimes, prizes. Gamification has its place, but there are a couple of pitfalls to watch out for. How best to gamify, and when not to – these are… Read More
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Why I won’t “wish you luck”: PYP 406

Often a coaching client will end a session by saying, “Wish me luck” after setting a goal and making a plan to achieve it. In health coaching, this phrase is a huge red flag that the client is going to fail. Read More
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When There’s Nothing More to be Done: PYP 404

Sometimes I hear from clients that they’ve done all they can, and they can’t move the needle. They’re stuck. They’ve hit a plateau. And there’s simply nothing more to be done. What do we do then? Read More
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Changing Your Thinking Isn’t Enough: PYP 403

Say you want to stop eating junk food, or drinking soda, or watching porn, or whatever. Maybe you’ve read a motivating article or seen a video, or gotten a scary medical result, or just got fed up at your current reality. So you set an intention, and then… you end up doing the same thing… Read More
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