Today’s Daily Post Challenge Topic #255: How do you change your habits?  Ah, something, I know a bit about and why I created Pocket Coaches and Poster Coaches.As Jim Ryun, three time U.S. Olympian in the 1500 meters noted, “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”  But going where?

Denis Waitley author and one-time chairman of psychology for the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Sports Medicine Council noted: “The reason most people don’t reach their goals is that they don’t define them, learn about them, or even seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.”

As I say, ”If a goal is not met, the wrong goal was set. ”

When I coach or teach goal setting I use the SMART Goal approach.  My A is action oriented.  Moreover, I urge two addditons to the SMART Goal approach.  Make the goal  challenging–we get bored if we aren’t stretched.  Break the goal down into small action steps and  use the  SMART Goal formula for each step.

Then you have to work each practice step, work it, work it, work it. Research shows  it takes doing something over and over and over to embed it in the brain as an automatic program or habit. All super stars, no matter what their field, practice generally at least three or four a day after day, every day. Larry Bird showed up two hours before a game and made at least 300 practice shots.

Dr. K. Anders Ericsson, the world’s leading researcher on practice promotes a “10, 000 hours” of practice to become a star in any field of practice.  Discouraged?  Understandable.  His advice gets more difficult for he says  to star you must use what he calls Deliberate Practice.  Three components make up Deliberate Practice:

  1. The practice follows a specific routine.
  2. The routine is repeated regularly and often.
  3. A feedback method is attached to the routine so progress can be measured and corrections made.

My Remember What Matters Poster Coach  reminds you to practice one of EFTI’s most important self soothing routines, to practice that routine repeatedly and then  by counting how often you see the Poster Coach and practice, lets you know how diligently you are practicing.  Click on the above link and get a free download of the poster and its accompanying How To Booklet free. The Poster appears first and you need to scroll down to see the booklet.  The booklet details a second feedback method.

I am not promising a magic way to change a habit, but I am offering a way to deal with the negative feelings that can arise as you work on that goal.

If you find my poster coach helpful,  please let me know.  Thank you and as I always say, Share, Care, and Stay strong.


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