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TMD: Cognitive Dissonance

TMD: Cognitive Dissonance

Two Minute Drill: Cognitive Dissonance

What’s up Kaizenovators, happy Tuesday Two Minute Drill. Today’s topic of conversation is cognitive dissonance. I have been thinking about this a lot and just to define cognitive dissonance, it is this the state, this uncomfortable, tension-filled state where beliefs don’t align with actions.

How do we change our behaviors?

What is an example of that? Somebody who knows it is really important to work out every single day, stay fit, and stay healthy and yet they hit the snooze button over and over again. Never getting to the gym! I have been guilty of this. I have been guilty of knowing I need to get to the gym, but I hit the snooze button. In fact, I have been wrestling with this concept, um, a lot recently trying to find ways to get through it.

Resolution of cognitive dissonance is either about changing your beliefs or changing your behaviors, and I think at the end of the day it’s probably a lot harder, but probably a lot more important to change our behaviors.

Finding ways to get to that place where we live our best lives, we become our best selves, is probably more in alignment with what most of us want compared to just changing our beliefs like it is not that important to go to the gym.

How do we change our behaviors? Well, it’s about tiny habits, it’s about habit stacking, and it’s about setting up prompts. It’s about understanding how behaviors work, this combination of ability, motivation, and prompts.

I will be talking about this a lot more In future TMDs, but at the end of the day, if you feel this tension, this state of being where your attitudes and your beliefs are not aligning with your behaviors, try to figure out some really quick wins to change your behaviors, to align with those really important beliefs and values.

That’s this week’s two-minute drill. Please make sure that you like share, and follow, and I’ll talk to y’all next week.

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