Brief review below but be sure to check out my previous blog post!
I identified my trigger as the time of day (8pm) and location (the couch watching TV). And the routine set in – stupid TV eating stupid food staying up stupid late. The author of The Power of Habit then went on to ask “what reward am I craving?” And here are the results that stunned me.
On Friday, December 5th, I was sitting with a friend and discussing this topic when she asked me, “What do the television shows give you?” “Love and romance!” blurted out of my mouth without hesitation. And I cracked up as I listed my shows – Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Law and Order SVU, Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. Need I say much about the love and romance on each of these shows?!? So I set about thinking how I could create love and romance for myself in the evenings as my reward. I thought candles, music, call friends, write letters or cards to loved ones. So I slept on it.
On Saturday, December 6th, without having said a word to my life partner David about this recent awareness, I came home to find the TV was gone! Gone from the center of the room where it held a coveted space for the past 8 years! And in it’s place was my beloved Buddah! Complete with plants and candle! Of course I cried and told him it was the best Christmas present ever! He still had no idea I was on the quest to once again create TV free weeknights for myself!
And so the TV habit has been broken. And while the first few nights were challenging as I tried to figure out what to do with all of my time, I can say with the utmost confidence, that this experience stunned me on so many levels. First, to recognize that time could be a trigger. Then to review the routine. And lastly, to identify the reward. Now to continue to work on creating love and romance for me. ;)
I hope you’ll join me for this FREE teleclass on December 29th @ 7pm ET so we can work together to answer your million dollar question to change your habit!