Making Running a Habit
As another example, take Stanford psychologist B.J. Fogg, and his experience with starting his flossing habit:
“For me, cracking the code on flossing was to put the floss right by the toothbrush, and to commit to myself that I would floss one tooth — only one tooth — every time after I brushed. I could floss them all if i wanted to, but the commitment was just one tooth. [This works] because I was training the behavior. Maybe once every few weeks, I’d only actually floss one tooth, but a majority of the time I’d end up flossing them all.”
—Beyond the Miles
I’ve been running for 10 weeks now. School has been up for us teachers for two weeks, with this week being the meeting and “we-still-need-teachers” marathon interviews. The first right weeks were cake. Summer school started at 9 and I could get up at a decent hour, run, and still be showered and happy by 9.
At one of the meetings, I was talking to so coworkers about just this quote. I call it the “f*ck it point.” It usually happens about 15 minutes into the run when I realize I am dressed like an idiot and far enough away from home to just keep going.
Little did I know, I was forming habits. Nice. :)