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Why Willpower Alone Won’t Change Your Life

A behavior coach, Interfaith Spiritual Director, host of the award-winning podcast The One You Feed, and writer, Eric Zimmer is endlessly inspired by the quest for a greater understanding of how our minds work and how to intentionally create the lives we want to live.   At the age of 24, Eric was homeless, addicted to heroin, and facing long jail sentences. In the years since he has found a way to recover from addiction and build a life in which he thrives.  His story and his work have been featured in the media including TedX, Mind Body Green, Elephant Journal, the BBC, and Brain Pickings.


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How does the science of behavioral change help you make significant and long-lasting transformations in your life?

Breaking habits and creating change is hard. Even succeeding at a smaller goal, like a New Year’s resolution, is difficult. Even with a ton of research, they haven’t been able to identify a single reason why some people change and others don’t. But there are principles that make change more likely for everyone.

I’m excited to welcome Eric Zimmer to the show today. Eric is a behavioral coach who has spent the last twenty years guiding people through significant life changes by helping them build new, empowering habits that align with their core goals. He also hosts the award-winning podcast, The One You Feed, where he has inspiring conversations about creating a life worth living.

The power of behavioral change starts with understanding your mind and using that to consciously reshape your actions. Eric’s own journey from homeless addict to helping others overcome their destructive patterns is proof of how transformative real change can be. If you’ve struggled with changing behaviors, breaking addictive patterns, or creating significant change in your life that lasts, this episode is for you.

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"You can change a behavior. You just have to find the path that’s right for you."

Eric Zimmer

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**This week’s show notes are taken from the video — enjoy!**

  • This is how the science of behavioral change helps you make significant and long-lasting transformations. [2:18]
  • Eric had to face change at twenty-four [3:37]
  • If you were to take away one thing on how to change your behavior, it would be this. [4:45]
  • This is why Eric named his podcast The One You Feed. [6:10]
  • There are a lot of principles for changing a behavior. This is how to create change that lasts. [9:24]
  • You tend to be more motivated when you feel this. [12:04]
  • If you’ve struggled to sustain a behavior, you may be experiencing this. [12:39]
  • You can also help sustain a behavior by doing this. [13:51]
  • When working with someone to change a behavior, Eric starts here. [15:48]
  • Before you start working on a behavior, you have to spend some time figuring this out. [18:45]
  • If you spend a lot of time asking yourself this, you have your answer. [20:20]
  • To Eric, this is ultimately what addiction is. [20:55]
  • No matter what behavior you’re trying to change, keep doing this. [22:11]
  • Clarity on this can help you stay focused and motivated on change. [23:02]
  • If you don’t know this, you won’t stick with change. [24:00]
  • To learn more about Eric and his work, you can visit his website, here.
  • Be sure to watch the episode on Eric’s podcast with Jim, here.

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