Do you ever feel unmotivated? Hahaha… don’t we all? Most people set goals for themselves, but according to Forbes.com only eight percent of people achieve their New Year’s Resolutions. Eight percent.
I set goals for myself monthly and yearly. I have goals for my business and for my health. I have goals for my reading and travels. But how to I move myself past my love of Jodi Picoult books and Netflix binges into the gym? The One Tooth Rule.
Researcher B.J. Fogg from Stanford University, has spent over two decades learning about habit formation. His site Tiny Habits has a wealth of information, but my personal favorite is the One Tooth Rule.
At the end of the day, when you are ready to collapse into bed, the last thing you want to do is go floss your teeth. So Fogg suggests only flossing one a day. That’s right, one tooth and you are done. Now most of the time, you will continue your flossing and complete your whole mouth. You have the floss wound around your fingers, you’re in the bathroom, you might as well finish. But if you decide not to, at least you have completed your one tooth.
So you want to read a novel a month? Can you devote an hour of reading a day? How about you read for at least five minutes a day? It’s only five minutes, right? You can fit that in.
Do you want to lose 10 pounds? Can you get a full gym workout in six days a week? Let’s start with challenging yourself to a walk around the block at lunch time. You’ve got that!