Sit Experiment 13: Welcome Constraints

Phil Hansen, Embrace the Shake.  TED Talk.I describe this video in the story for Sit Experiment 13 because I thought it the best story for the value of constraints that I could find. In workshops, people told me to make my story stand on its own without requiring people to stop and view the video.  […]

Sit Experiment 12: Intentional Inspiration

Holzer, Allison, Grace Baron, Jennifer, & Spataro, Sandy.  Dare to Inspire: Sustain the Fire of Inspiration in Work and Life.  Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2019.In Sit Write Share, I give full credit for this experiment about inspiration to the authors of this wonderful book on how to generate inspiration intentionally and sustainably. Creativity Engines worksheet. […]

Sit Experiment 11: Procrastination Aikido

Procrastination aikido is my own personal way of looking at procrastination, but it may not work for you. Tim Urban’s articles were recommended to me by one of the workshop reviewers of this experiment. Tim Urban, Why Procrastinators Procrastinate. Tim Urban, How to Beat Procrastination    

Sit Experiment 10: Use WOOP

To me, Gabrielle Oettingen’s main contribution is reminding us that visualizing what we want to achieve is not enough without also visualizing and planning for the obstacles. Besides writing a book, she and her collaborators have created an app that you can use to help you move through the WOOP process successfully. Gabrielle Oettingen: Rethinking […]

Sit Experiment 9: Tie Context to Reward

Wendy Wood, Good Habits, Bad Habits: The Science of Making Positive Changes that Stick. Macmillan, 2021.I heard Wendy Wood speak about habits after I had finished writing Sit Experiment 8 about tiny habits.  Her approach overlaps with tiny habits, but the stress is different. I personally feel more drawn to manipulating my internal reward system […]

Sit Experiment 8: Build a Tiny Habit

The following are all good resources for taking habit change slowly.  If you start an exercise program with one pushup against the wall, you’re more likely to continue than if you start with a full exercise routine. BJ Fogg, Tiny Habits: The Small Changes that Change Everything. Harvest, 2019. James Clear, Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, […]

Sit Experiment 7: Start a Session With a Reset Ritual

Barry O’Reilly, Unlearn Podcast.  Episode 23: Jen Grace Baron. Creating Sustainable Inspiration.  May 20, 2021.I learned about reset rituals from Jen Grace Baron, and I found many clients were able to use them effectively to clear their brains of what went before embarking on something new.  This podcast includes Jen talking about reset rituals. Anderson, […]

Sit Experiment 6: “Who cares” Gremlin

Rick Carson, Taming Your Gremlin®, Quill, 2003.  See Sit Experiment 5 for discussion. The Dunning-Kruger effect is usually associated with people over-estimating their own abilities, but the researchers also found that competent people may under-estimate their abilities.  Taken to the extreme, this is called the imposter syndrome, where perfectly competent people feel that they are […]

Sit Experiment 5: “I’ll Never Be a Writer” Gremlin

Rick Carson, Taming Your Gremlin®, Quill, 2003 My first coach gave me this book not long after it was published. I don’t know whether she thought I had particularly loud gremlins or whether she just liked the humor. I’ve had a few clients who have responded well to comparing their self-critical inner voices to mischievous […]

Sit Experiment 4: Set an Intention

AnneMarie Houlis, The Power of Setting Intentions – and How to Do It Correctly.,  December 21, 2021. Caroline Adams Miller, Creating Your Best Life: The Ultimate Life List Guide. 2010, 2021.Intentions are closely related to goals, and all goals are not created equal. In this book, Caroline explores the qualities that characterize the most […]
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