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The Key To Sustainable Change And Lasting Motivation with Michelle Segar

Michelle Segar, PhD is an award-winning lifestyle coach and sustainable behavior change researcher at the University of Michigan. For nearly three decades, she has pioneered methods to create sustainable healthy behavior change that are being used to boost patient health, employee well-being, and gym membership retention. She is an advisor to leading global organizations and frequently interviewed in major media outlets like The New York Times, NPR, and The Wall Street Journal.

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What is the key to lasting motivation?

Motivation is a topic that comes up a lot in our community. You want to eat right, read more, exercise daily, and meditate regularly. But talking about making a change is often easier than achieving long-term follow-through.

I’m excited to have Dr. Michelle Segar on our show today to talk more about this topic. She’s an award-winning motivation scientist and researcher at the University of Michigan. She’s the author of No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness and she’s here to talk about her new book, Joy Choice: How to Finally Achieve Lasting Changes in Eating and Exercise.

There’s a difference between reaching a goal and sustaining that behavior over time, and many of the paradigms and beliefs you might hold around habits are likely outdated or oversimplified. Listen in, as Dr. Segar dispels the many myths around habits and talks about her model for creating lasting change and sustained motivation.

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"While the habit story is very popular, there isn’t a lot of evidence that it can help us promote complex behaviors like physical exercise and healthy eating."

Dr. Michelle Segar

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  • Automating behavior is an amazing process that frees up our cognitive processing. But maybe that’s part of the problem. [2:21]
  • Motivation isn’t always logical. Here’s how emotions factor into sustained motivation. [4:29]
  • Instead of calling a habit a behavior change, you should call it this instead. [6:47]
  • Dr. Seger walks you through an example of encountering obstacles when learning a new behavior and how to important understanding metacognition is when it comes to motivation. [8:45]
  • Is embracing the “something is better than nothing” mentality a bad thing? [13:29]
  • Dr. Seger wrote Joy Choice to help with conquer these problems when starting new habits. [14:35]
  • Be sure to grab a copy of Joy Choice: How to Finally Achieve Lasting Changes in Eating and Exercise, here.
  • Visit Dr. Seger’s website, here, for a quiz about decision traps people might fall into, excerpts, and more.



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