Habit-Building Strategies for Different Personalities with Gretchen Rubin (Ep. 63)

Gretchen RubinBuilding habits is not an exact science.

As much as I’d love to be able to tell you that the habit-building strategies that work well for me will be 100% effective… they might not be.

Part of the reason for this is that different people have different personalities and traits. For example, some people are wired to want to uphold all expectations – both external (set by others) and internal (set by themselves). Others are rebels – they don’t want to be told what to do at all.

Gretchen Rubin, an author of multiple best-selling books, outlines many of these personality types and traits – and how you can use the knowledge of yours to build habits – in her new book Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives.

In this episode, she and I talk about this subject; if you’re interesting in improving your habits, check it out!

Gretchen has a new podcast of her own as well, so if you enjoy this episode, find the link below and give it a listen.

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Ken

This definitely was fascinating.

I like the idea of being aware and knowledgeable about one’s own abilities and tendencies but I often find myself struggling between

A. Acknowledging that I fit a personality type to use that information to develop special habits instead of constantly trying to go against my natural tendencies and

B. Trying not create limits for myself or fit a mold as to be flexible and open-minded.

Does this make sense at all?

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