Update: I hold Elizabeth accountable for pondering her YA novel.
And loyal sister that she is, Elizabeth gave a plug for the paperback of Better Than Before, which comes out December 15. To thank people who order early, if you do pre-order, you get the “21 Days, 21 Strategies for Habit Change” email package for free. But act fast. Info here.
Even more news! Elizabeth and I are doing our first live recording of the podcast! If you’re in the Bay Area, January 21, Brava Theater, we hope to see you there. Info and tickets here. We’ll have two excellent guests, and some special little treats, plus you get a copy of Better Than Before with your ticket.
Try This at Home: Act the way you want to feel. Want to know all my Twelve Personal Commandments? Look here.
Better Than Before Habit Strategy: We’re working our way through the twenty-one strategies for habit change that I discuss in Better Than Before. In this episode, we talk about the Strategy of Abstaining (which we’ve talk about before, for instance, in back episode 2, but we keep hearing from listeners about it).
Listener Question: “What’s the line between freeing yourself from an obligation that’s become counter-productive versus quitting something prematurely, that you ought to stick with?”
Elizabeth’s Demerit: Elizabeth hasn’t had her hair cut and colored for months.
Gretchen’s Gold Star: In episode 41, I gave myself a demerit for not going to the gym. This time, I get a gold star for switching gyms; I used the Strategy of Convenience to join a gym closer to my apartment, and I have in fact started to go to the gym again.
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