As we covered in a previous story, one of the most critical steps toward better health is to identify your unique habit formation patterns. Health is built around a foundation of habits, however what works for one person often does not work for another.
In the last story, we explored the difference between abstainers and moderators for habit distinctions based on the work of Gretchen Rubin. Her work goes a step further and identifies four different habit tendencies. Identifying your unique tendency is key in setting yourself up for success.
Each tendency is defined by what type of expectations they respond to.
Internal expectations: expectations imposed by the self. For example, New Years Resolutions.
External expectations: expectations others set for us. For example, traffic regulations or deadlines.
Let’s define each tendency and describe how they play out in health habits. As you read, see if...