I spend a lot of time thinking about to help make change happen. That means spending a lot of time thinking about goals, how to set them, and how to meet them. (And spending even more time thinking about how and when goals go awry.)
It’s no surprise then, that a headline like “Habits Can Beat Goals in Improving Performance“ would catch my eye, nor that it would turn out to be the most useful article I’ve read all year.
1. Habits respond to environmental cues (same place, same time)2. Habits arise when people use a particular behavior to pursue a goal, and habits will remain even after people stop having that goal as a pursuit (the habit of running every morning can aim towards the goal of losing weight; running will be habitual even when the ideal weight is reached)
3. Habits do not change to meet current goals; they remain linked to the environment in which they were created (running outside in the summer may not be transferable to running inside in the winter)