Habits – The Power of Trained Behaviors

Habitual Power – Necessity of a CEO

By Dede Gossage/Program Coordinator

Some people are very good at being disciplined.  Developmental training that leads to disciplined behavior typically begins during a child’s formative years. I’m no athlete and didn’t grow up in an athletic familly.  I exercised, but not on a regular basis with deliberate intent to be physically fit. My doctor once told me that after the age of 50, I would  lose 15% of my body muscle mass every 10 years.  As a result, I started an all out assault on my body with a workout routine several times a week and then I followed up with a Starbucks caramel macchiato on the way home from the gym. Sadly, habits can also be hard to break. I am still struggling with a change in my behavors in my exercise ‘routine’.

Routine behaviors usually take hold with frequent reminders and routine followed up by some kind of reward (not necessarily good, but with an intrinsically desired outcome).    Continue reading