morning cocktails, tiny habits

June 11, 2013

lemon

After a full night of sleep, your body needs a drink.   Here’s mine:

  1. squeeze 1/4 lemon into a tall glass
  2. add a splash of Bragg apple cider vinegar
  3. top off with a squirt of honey
  4. fill with water and stir

That’s enough to get me through my morning workout and before I have a green smoothie.  It took me about a month to make this a routine, and now I do it without thinking about it.

Try it for a week and see how you feel.  The most important thing is to put it on auto-pilot, and it becomes a habit. Have the lemons, cider vinegar, and honey on hand and do it right after you do something else — like brushing your teeth.  Ditto for the smoothie.

BJ Fogg, a researcher at Stanford, calls this an “anchoring behavior.”  He has a free one-week program called Tiny Habits, which I did a few weeks ago.  The coolest thing I learned is that, if you think about it, companies like Facebook and Google are successful because they create habits in people.  We can use that same logic to create behaviors and success in ourselves.  Cheers!

 

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