Guest Podcast: Why Your Habits Matter More Than Your Willpower

Are you ready to develop some healthy habits?

In this episode of The Dr. Kinney Show, I sat down with Dr. Heather McKee to talk about all things habits. This is such an impactful conversation, so I’m so excited for you to hear from Dr. McKee.

Dr. Heather McKee is a behavior change psychology specialist who has spent over 10 years researching how to support people in making healthy habits stick. She is focused on using evidence-based, accessible techniques to help people build the skills, knowledge, and confidence they need to create lasting healthy habits.

In each podcast she does, she wants to support the listeners not just with the knowledge they need to create lasting habits but also the skills and confidence to start making those changes immediately.

It’s skill power, not willpower, that creates change. It's not about just “willpowering” your way through and resisting temptation. That's not going to actually get you to success. You need to focus your energy on creating a routine that supports your goals so that you can develop the habits you need to reach them.

  • What a habit is
  • Why it’s your routine, not your willpower, that matters
  • Why so many people resort back to their old, unhealthy habits
  • The importance of intrinsic motivation when reaching goals
  • If you find your “why”, you can find your way
  • Starting with a joy list
  • Why repetition is important when creating habits
  • The science behind self-compassion and positive thoughts
  • How long it takes to create a habit
  • Why failure is success if you learn from it 

I hope you enjoy this conversation with Dr. McKee! Your habits really are so important and finding out how to make the right ones so that you can reach your health goals can be life-changing.

Listen here: Why Your Habits Matter More Than Your Willpower with Dr. Heather McKee

Published on 25th Apr 2023 at 12:00 by Dr. Heather McKee

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