It’s 2014! Congratulations on making it through another year!
If you’re anything like me, New Years is also a great time to take stock and determine how you want to completely transform every aspect of your life. (Or, at least, figure out how to exercise every day. Or, you know, once a month.)
Luckily, we’ve got a flowchart that tells you how to design New Year’s Resolutions according to the science of habit formation.
The key is to take advantage of the 3-step neurological process that creates a habit. First, choose a cue, like leaving your running shoes by the door, then pick a reward — say, a piece of chocolate when you get home from the gym. Eventually, when you see the shoes, your brain will start craving the reward, which will make it easier to work out day after day.
And, if you think it’s helpful, might I recommend checking out The Power of Habit, now out in paperback? You can find it here.