Nest: Day 39
Get a reward or take a fine?
I’m a student of the science of behavior. I’ve been getting instruction mostly in relation to animal training, but these principles apply equally to all living organisms. That’s a windy introduction to a simple fundamental rule you can use to create better habits.
We’ll keep it easy. There is one best way to increase performance of a habit, and that’s to give yourself positive reinforcement for it. It goes something like this:
Behavior increases when it is rewarded: positive reinforcement. So if you, for instance, are having trouble polishing your place twice a day, do this: Find something rewarding to you. Let’s say you love feta cheese. Cut it up into little half-inch cubes. We’re going to train you just the way we’d train a dog to roll over. Keep that cheese in the fridge and do not eat it at any time other than this. Immediately after polishing your place (or whatever behavior you’re trying to increase), pop one of those cheesy treats into your gaping maw. (Do not reward yourself if you only polish your place half way.) That’s it.
I’ll talk about other methods in future postings.
Do be certain that the treat you give is a reward to YOU. Every one’s different. Since I don’t want to resort to food treats, I’ll reward myself with poker chips that represent a certain amount of money I can spend at the bookstore. It’s fun to see the chips stack up. This “game” works great with kids, by the way. The chips can represent TV or computer time.
Nest Month 2
Here’s what to do so far:
In case you missed a day, the reminders below are clickable.
Do the worst first.
Lead by example.
Follow your BOP until a habit sticks.
Don’t do too much too soon.
Be on time.
Use positive reinforcement to increase habit behavior.