Cardinal Rule of Behavior Change

Note to future self.

What is immediately rewarded is repeated. What is immediately avoided is punished.

I need to get better at understanding the type behavior that I want to repeat and make it as attractive as possible so that I have an incentive to repeat it and the opposite for behavior that I want to avoid.

Aligning incentives at a high level has always been a priority for me and that’s why I set annual goals and have a system of reflection and review to check in every week, month, quarter. Having said so, I believe that I can do more when it comes to micro-level behavior and my core habits.

It’s a work in progress. But I have to remember to reward the behavior that I want to repeat and punish the behavior that I want to avoid.