The Jerry Seinfeld School of Habit Mastery

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I find that sometimes the hardest thing about getting into a new habit especially if it’s “Daily Do” Goal is actually a doing it on a daily basis. I always start off so well, so motivated but with nothing to keep me accountable I would often stumble. Miss a few days, restart really motivated, then stumble. See I pattern forming – I would then start to question whether the goal was something that I really wanted as my motivation waned a little more with each restart.

So I ask you “Do you remember Jerry Seinfeld?”

He had a comedy TV show called ‘Seinfeld’ during the 1990’s, well as the legend goes Jerry offered an up and coming comic 3 strategies on how to be a better comic. Bear with me, I am not a comic and have no desire to be, I can’t tell a joke without laughing through it because I know the punch line.*

So Jerry’s Strategies for being a better Comic

  1. Create better jokes
  2. Create better jokes by writing everyday
  3. His Leverage technique to motivate himself even when he didn’t feel like it, he called ‘Don’t Break the chain.’

‘Don’t Break the Chain.’

So simple and here’s how it works, pleased bear in mind that I adapted it to work best way for me and my purposes.

  1. Get a big wall calendar that has a month on one page and hang it on a prominent wall.
  2. The next step was to get a big magic marker, I prefer purple as it’s my favourite colour. I would suggest using your favourite colour.
  3. For each day that you do your set task, you get to put a big X over that day.

After a few days you’ll have a growing chain.

Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day.

You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain. I say again

“Don’t break the chain!”

I’ve used this technique for exercising, to learn to knit, to get through boring books at University, and it has even helped me to build my business.

It works because it isn’t the one-shot pushes that get us where we want to go, it is the consistent daily action that builds habits that builds extraordinary outcomes. Small improvements accumulate into large improvements rapidly because daily action provides “compounding interest.”

Think for a moment about what action would make the most profound impact on your life if you worked it every day. That is the action I recommend you put on your DBtC (Don’t Break the Chain) calendar. Start today and earn your big X. And from here on out…

“Don’t break the chain!”

 

* The joke genes I know I get from my Mummy, and yes, I call her Mummy.

 

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