S2 Episode 15:

3 Simple Ways For Teachers To Crush New Habits (Pt. 1)

January 5, 2021

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Jessie Gebauer &

Joel Carlovsky

The Marigold Force Podcast
00:00 / 19:44
 Before Diving In

Jessie: I’ve recognized that I need a change. I’ve set the goal and made a commitment to start building this new habit. For a few days, maybe even a week I do really well! But then something always gets in the way. Life gets busy. I mess up and never start again. It seems like an impossible task to actually make this thing a habit, and I give up and move on. Sound familiar??? Well, you’re in good company because everyone has struggled with kicking bad habits or starting new habits at some point.


The Smaller, The Better

Joel: So much of this comes from tons of reading and research on our end through books like The Power of Habit, Better Than Before, and Tiny Habits that we are taking, trying, failing at, trying again, and bringing it to all of you. Behind the scenes, we came up with our very own 3 Essential Lessons We’ve Learned About Forming Habits list at the Marigold Force. Today, we are talking about essential lesson #1. 


Jessie: Lesson #1 is to start incredibly small with new habits - so small that it’s near impossible not to do it. Here's an example - if you're trying to start moving your body more by going on hour-long walks every day start with simply going outside for a few minutes every day. This is so small it's impossible not to do it. Be thinking of YOUR stories. Why did certain habits stick and others fall by the wayside? 


It’s all about the ABCs: Anchor - Behavior - Celebration

Joel: The ABC concept came from the book Tiny Habits. This is how it works.​

  1. Anchor Moment: An existing routine (like brushing your teeth) or an event that happens (like a phone ringing). The Anchor Moment reminds you to do the new Tiny Behavior. 

  2. New Tiny Behavior: A simple version of the new habit you want, such as flossing one tooth or doing two push-ups. You do the Tiny Behavior immediately after the Anchor Moment. 

  3. Instant Celebration: Something you do to create positive emotions, such as saying “I did a good job!” You celebrated immediately after doing the new Tiny Behavior. 

Action Step

Joel: Think of a new habit that you want to start or an old habit that you want to rekindle. Plan out how you will turn that new habit into a new TINY habit by planning for your Anchor Moment which leads to your New Tiny Behavior which concludes with an Instant Celebration!