During our first discussion of The Power of Habit, we talked about the habit loop. A couple people said they read the book years ago so they had some great insights.
The biggest question I have about the habit loop as I understand it now from discussing this and from videos I’ve watched so far is how do you not cheat the loop?
Setting yourself up to get a reward that you can get at any time seems ripe for self sabotage. One of the examples Charles gives during a talk is that if you wanted to exercise, try having a piece of chocolate at the end of your run as a reward.
But then I wonder, what prevents us from taking the easy route and get the piece of chocolate immediately? It’s not like we have to run 3 miles to get the piece of chocolate at the end of the run.
The piece of chocolate is in your cupboard and it takes just a few steps to get it, why would you do the run. And especially if you’ve struggled with exercising in the first place.
This should be answered as I read the book I suppose.
Thanks everyone for coming out today, hope to see you soon and for those of you that missed the meeting, don’t forget to get a copy of the book and check out the weekly progress breakdown on this previous post.