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Confessions of a Bad Exerciser: Christine Carter (Full Transcript)

Full text of sociologist Christine Carter’s talk: Confessions of a Bad Exerciser at TEDxMarin conference. In this talk, she shares a simple step to shift your mindset and keep you on track to achieving your grandest ambitions.

Best quote from this talk:

“When we abandon our grand plans and great ambitions in favor of taking that first step, we shift. And paradoxically, it’s only in that tiny shift that our grand plans and great ambitions are truly born.”

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TRANSCRIPT:

Christine Carter – Author, Speaker, and Coach

I don’t know about you, but when our family got the stay-at-home order in March of 2020, I came out of the gates pretty darn hot.

“Embrace not being so busy,” I wrote. “Take this time at home to get into a new happiness habit.”

That seems hilarious to me now.

My pre-coronavirus routines fell apart hard and fast. Some days, I would realize at dinner time that not only had I not showered or gotten dressed that day, but I hadn’t even brushed my teeth.

Now, you are a smart, accomplished, TED Talk-watching individual, so coping with this global pandemic might have been easier for you than it has been for me.

Even though I have coached people for a very long time in an effective, science-based method of habit formation, I struggled.

Truth be told, for the first few months of the pandemic, I more or less refused to follow my own best advice. This is because I love to set ambitious goals. Getting into a good little habit is just so much less exciting to me than embracing a big, juicy, audacious goal.

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