How Jerry Seinfeld can help you form a habit
Developing healthy habits is one of the most important steps towards finding success in any fitness or nutrition program. Whether or not you are a fan of Jerry Seinfeld, he clearly is one of the most successful comedians of all time. You can form healthy habits as well by following his unique techniques.
According to Brad Isaac, Jerry Seinfeld didn’t believe he was successful because he was naturally funny or could come up with new, fresh jokes easily. Rather, he believed his success stemmed from his habit of consistently writing new jokes so it became a skill. With more practice, the better his writing and jokes would become.
To create this habit, Seinfeld had a unique strategy to stop procrastinating and get results in his career. He would begin by getting a large giant wall calendar for the year. For each day he completed his required amount of writing for the day, he would put a giant red “x” on that day on the calendar. If he was successful for several days in a row, he noticed a chain would begin to form.
The longer the chain gets, the more likely it is to become a permanent habit. If the chain is long enough, you won’t want to break it. This is a fantastic way to develop good habits. While there is some debate on how long it takes to actually form a new habit, a longer chain will be more difficult to break than a chain that doesn’t exist.
While Seinfeld successfully used this strategy to become one of the most successful and highest-earning comedians of all time, you don’t have to be a funny guy to learn from his strategy. If you want to track your diet, do some physical activity everyday, or even be more successful in your career, the “Seinfeld Calendar” is a great way to make sure your new diet or exercise program is permanent and can lead to healthy, long-term changes.
Luckily, today you no longer have to purchase a big wall calendar to mark with a red “x”. There are online programs that you can use to track your habits. Even easier might be the online smartphone apps that are available, such as the free Seinfeld Calendar app for Android. This app allows you to set multiple habits and will even remind you if you haven’t met your daily goal.
It’s important to note that you may need more than just an app to reach your goals, but an app can assist you. Whether you are trying to get back on track with a New Year’s resolution or setting a completely new goal, there are a few steps you need to succeed. It is important to be specific, positive, and accountable. The Seinfeld strategy can help you with all three. You will obviously input a very specific daily task to complete. If you use either an app or calendar, you will be forced to hold yourself accountable.
Find out what you need to be to get healthier and more fit, and start to make a daily task of it. Best luck reaching your goals.
Tom Postema is a competitive athlete and coach who blogs and podcasts regularly. You can find more of his work and get in touch with him at twitter.com/PostemaPerform.