Seduce Yourself with the Right Syntax
Try this robotic but psychologically savvy strategy to hardwire your neural pathways: the "if...then" plan. "If X happens, then I will do Y." (In around 100 experiments, this intention-declaring formula proved strikingly effective.) If it's 10 p.m, then, wherever I am, I'll meditate for 15 minutes." Or, "If I get hungry watching TV, then I will eat only fruit." Or, "If it's Monday, then I will do 20 minutes of crunches at the gym." (In one study, 91 percent of those who made a concrete commitment like this actually exercised, versus only 39 percent of non-planners.) Cue, Action, Automate. Repeat. When the programming starts to work subconsciously—as it will, really—your habit is born.