90-Day Goal: Day 24: Clue Into the Cue

Kelly Kannwischer
January 26, 2021

Habits are fuel for your goals. 

Habits propel our behaviors and activities without requiring conscious effort. They can be incredibly helpful when our habits help us work productively and reach our goals. Habits can also be destructive when they distract us or harm us, even when that harm is unintentional. 

Understanding how habits are made (and broken) gives us the power to put habits to work for us. Charles Duhigg, in his book Power of Habit, explains that every habit starts with a psychological pattern called a “habit loop,” which is a three-part process. First, there’s a cue, or trigger, that tells your brain to go into automatic mode and let a behavior unfold.

Tip 24: Clue Into the Cue.

A cue is a stimulus that causes actions. Examples include seeing a packet of cigarettes or a chocolate bar. Another example is hearing the music from an ice cream truck as it makes its way around the neighborhood.

Essentially a cue is a trigger. The cue is the building blocks of building a new habit because the cue, whether we are aware of it or not, is what kicks the Habit Loop into motion. 

As you crush your 90-Day Goal, take inventory of your habit cues. What triggers are in your life today? How do you respond to them? Are those responses helping you to be successful pursuing your goal?

It may take a few days and it will definitely take intentionality, but understanding your cues is the first step in harnessing the power of habits.  James Clear has a super helpful article to help you mine out cues.

Your 90-Day Goal requires a cue. Clue into the cue and enjoy the results.

Please send me your questions, challenges, and suggestions as we continue in the 90-Day Goal Together. I look forward to hearing from you and sharing the journey with you. 

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Kelly Kannwischer

Kelly Kannwischer

Kelly Beckham Kannwischer is an executive, consultant and not-for-profit coach and leader. Kelly lives in Atlanta, Georgia and serves as Cofounder and CEO of the Future Church Company and CEO of Younique. Previously, Kelly lived and worked in Orange County, California where served Vanguard University as a Vice President and President of the Vanguard University Foundation. Kelly is an accredited Insights Discovery Client Practitioner and Certified Fundraising Executive. Kelly is married to Rev. Dr. Richard Kannwischer and is the proud mother of Danica (age 17) and Ashby (age 15). When she is not working or volunteering, Kelly enjoys playing golf, reading, and enjoying the outdoors.