The Domino Effect is defined as a situation in which one event causes a series of similar events to happen one after the other. Human behaviors are many times tied to one another. For example, watching television in the evening can naturally lead to snacking and weight gain. Watching television is a common activity that most feel helps them unwind and relax. It is hard to not feel hungry though when every other commercial is food related. This means that if you watch 2 hours of television every night then you probably snack on junk food during those two hours. Overtime, you will find that you are less motivated to complete tasks, develop poor sleep habits and gain weight or have difficulty losing weight.
Now think about the flip side. You have been told you need to exercise for 30 minutes every day. You need it to be simple because you are busy. You commit to walk for 30 minutes every day. It will be best to do this right after dinner to make it easier for you to complete the task. You are committed and consistent over the next few weeks. You suddenly find you have more energy, feel less stressed, sleep better and have cut back on your evening snacking plus are losing weight. Your one small action, that became a habit, created the domino effect.
There are key points to keep in mind when you are trying to create a domino effect with habits.
If an action or activity doesn’t lead to the next behavior, check that it is based on the three key components. By using the domino effect in building habits, you can make changes with minimal effort. You just need to focus on being consistent and patient.