I got this idea from Dr. BJ Fogg who has created a very interesting and fun method called, Tiny Habits
So I thought I should share the method with you all and give a Tango version of it, the Tiny Tango habits.
This is what I got from Dr Fogg’s method. I am more focused, it makes me more responsible with my time and I have come to realize that sometimes you just need to get started. Also, I am really feeling victorious…haha…even if I am having a bad day at least I know I stuck to my new habits, at least I still did those..!
So give the Tiny habits method a look. I think you are going to have fun learning how to create habits, plus you will get to learn a lot about yourself too.
Now the Tango spin..!
How does Tiny Tango habits work?
It is very simple!
- First you start choosing 3 very basic Tango elements, for example: forward ochos. This element needs to be as straight forward as possible, aka it can NOT be the latest triple gyro sequence you learned in class
- Then you attach your new tango habit AFTER something you regularly do, for example, getting out of bed, or brushing your teeth. It has to be something you will most definitely do.
Depending how often you want to do your Tango habits during the day, you will chose the activity to attach it to.
For example, this is what I chose for Dr. Fogg Tiny habits 5-day method:
After I get out of bed I will do 1 sun salutation.
Everytime I brush my teeth, I will floss 3 teeth after.
After I go to the loo, I will do 3 push-ups”
- As you can see all these are very short time-wise, and that is why they are called TINY! So whatever you decide to do you will only do it for 30secs.
You don’t have to set your watches, that will spoil all the fun…
Instead just say: After brushing my teeth, I will do 4 forward ochos.
It shouldn’t take you more than 30secs to do 4 forward ochos.
So, you brush your teeth, you grab hold of the sink and you step, pivot, step, pivot, step, pivot, step, pivot. DONE!
- It shouldn’t be something you feel unsure or afraid to do. It should be something you feel secure trying out on your own, that will not cause any pain or strain in your body.
You are not ONLY trying to practice the ochos. You are trying to check if you can/ want to create Tango habits for yourselves.
So basically you are practicing on the ochos and on the creation of habits at the same time.
Why do I believe this to be effective?
Usually what happens with most of us, we go ALL or NOTHING.
We believe that if we don’t spend at least 1 hour in practice there is no point. So we end up not doing nothing but look at other people getting better, progressing in Tango, feeling envious, when we could have started small.
So the idea behind all this is to start small, to start tiny and to scale up on your habit.
30 secs NOW can become 1 hour in the very near future.
0 secs and many decapitating excuses will only keep you feeling jealous
Not to mention that if you frame your Tango habits like this:
After I go pee-pee, I will do 4 forward ochos
Normal (pee-pee) frequency is 6-7 times…24-28 forward ochos…not so bad after all!
Lastly, consider this. All high end professionals do not depend on motivation. In fact no one can depend on motivation, because it is not a steady marker, it fluctuates and changes depending on our mood, on how tired we are, on how much sleep we got, on how we eat… the WEATHER.
You can though depend on HABIT.
Think now of all the things we do everyday out of habit. Now we don’t even give them a second thought we just do them but remember how long it took you to get used to them?
It will take time to build on them but after you do you won’t even have to think about them, you will just do them.
What is the big bet with your Tango habits?
To DO them for 5-days!
This is the test.
Are you going to write down 3 Tango habits and never do them?
Are you already thinking this is ridiculous and you are not even going to write any potential Tango habits?
Do you still believe that 30secs is NOTHING?
Are you one of those who grab on every opportunity to invest in themselves?
Will you see this as a fun game through which you get to practice your tango and you learn a new skill– building a habit?
Are you already thinking that after those 5-days, if everything goes well, you might keep it up and slowly scale, adding a few more seconds everyday?
Can you take this BIG tiny step?
P.S: Send me an email with your 3 potential Tango habits and I can keep you accountable for the 5 days following the email..! 😉