Heroes of New York
Heroes of New York
May 21, 2020
#5 Joshua Spodek - Habits that Stick
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“Prison life is about routine: each day like the one before; each week like the one before it, so that the months and years blend into each other.” Nelson Mandela about the 27 years he spent in prison. Mandela believed a lifetime’s habit of exercise helped him to survive prison, ready for the challenges that lay ahead. 

In this episode, I chat with Joshua Spodek, published expert and coach of starting habits that last, about building daily habits that stick. Josh explains how he does it , the many rewards he reap from building habits that stick and how you can do it too. 

Josh’s habit based achievements include: 

  • Posting to his blog daily for a decade, nearly 4,000 posts and counting
  • Doing burpee-based calisthenics daily for nine years, over 150,000 burpees and counting
  • In his fifth year not flying (by choice)
  • Picking up a piece of trash daily for over 1,000 days and counting

Joshua Spodek PhD MBA is a three-time TEDx speaker, #1 bestselling author of Initiative and Leadership Step by Step, host of the award-winning Leadership and the Environment podcast, and professor at NYU. He works with individuals and groups to improve their environmental culture and behavior.
Here's the video that Josh refers to in this episode where he goes into depth on building habit's that last.
What we discussed:
00:02:51 Building daily habits
00:07:04 Identifying values and their importance
00:09:18 Habits that stick
00:15:05 Mindset
00:22:28 Nelson Mandela - Thriving under lockdown
00:25:01 Sticking to new habits
00:27:02 Mindset
00:30:33 Building your structure from the inside out
00:32:28 Cold Showers
00:35:48 News fast - moderating the amount
00:37:11 SIDCHA
00:43:04 How to build habits that stick

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