I've been thinking about what it takes to add a new habit or change a bad habit.
More specifically, I've been thinking about the times I've failed to do so despite the best of intentions. Let me give you a few examples of habits that haven't set in (yet)...
- Yoga. I know it makes me feel calmer, more content, and better rested yet, "I'm going to do yoga once per week," is a goal I've set on multiple occasions and still don't do.
- Meditation. Just like yoga I know taking a few minutes to breathe and center myself makes me better at everything (ahem, parenting) yet I don't do it regularly despite many attempts and, "free 21-day mediation," trials.
- Staying off Facebook. Facebook makes me feel scatter-brained and like I'm wasting my day yet I get caught scrolling despite many attempts to go on hiatus.
When I think about these habits and compare them to times I've been successful at making a change, like getting back to exercising after having a baby, I realize I'm missing the two ingredients that are critical to my success:
- A step-by-step plan (that anticipates obstacles)
I do best when I'm held accountable by a person, a group, or by making a financial commitment in advance (like booking an exercise class with a cancellation policy). I also tend to do best when I have a clear plan and an awareness of how to overcome the obstacles that'll get in my way.
With that said for the next few days, I'm adding a bonus phone session to Improv Cooking that includes both of these things.
The bonus session is a 30-minute, one-on-one, phone chat and includes:
- A Cooking Style Assessment: to determine what types of foods and methods are best for you and to anticipate obstacles
- A Cooking Action Plan: a concrete plan for how you will get from where you are now to your goal state (whether your goal is to cook one meal per week or five)
If you're serious about this change:
- Sign-up for Improv Cooking by the end of the day on June 1, 2017
- Complete the course
- Schedule your session by the end of 2017 - email me, email@example.com, and let me know the timeframes that work best for you.
Talk to you soon!
P.S. If you've already signed-up for Improv Cooking and/or completed the course, you're still eligible. Just email me - firstname.lastname@example.org - and let me know that you'd like to chat.