Is “It” Making You or Breaking You?

“The individual who wants to reach the top of in business (or sport) must appreciate the might and force of habit.He must be quick to break those habits that can break him- and hasten to adopt those practices that will become the habits to help him achieve the success he desires.” -J. Paul Getty

Did you know that 90% of our behavior is habitual?!  I think humans intuitively know this and it is one of the reasons why my blog post  “5 Tips for Being Consistently Consistent” is my most read blog post to-date.  Your habits determine your outcomes and the most successful people know this! Just watch the video included below and you’ll see what habit Stephen King does everyday to ensure he writes.


You see most people think habits are  behaviors, things that you do, and yes that is apart of it. BUT what are your emotional reacting habits or patterns? What are your thought habits? What are your thought habits when you wake up? When you get ready to train? When you compete? When you get ready for a big interview? Also, what types of reactions/habits does your body have in specific situations? Increased heart rate, feeling restless, calm breathing, relaxed shoulders, stomach growling? Our physiology (body sensations) can be a trained habit too! For example, when people think they need to start a new habit of eating less to lose weight, eventually what they are doing is trying to train their mind to override body sensations ques that are very important to survival (not a good or healthy habit). That’s why restriction DOES NOT WORK.. just ask TriMarni and work with her to get expertise on how to develop healthy weight loss and sport nutrition HABITS. Healthy fueling and nutrition habits are major aspect of sport SUCCESS!


My question to you all is are your habits making you or breaking you? What will your habits be during this off-season or holiday season? Will you cover your basis in each aspect of the diagram for positive and healthy behavior change? Will you make going out of your comfort zone a habit? Who will you designate to keep you accountable with your habits?

I had one golfer tell me that their best golf game is “boring golf.” And I get it, habits are boring. Consistently working on the same small habits day-in and day-out are not exhilarating or social media noteworthy BUT they do yield results.

“Success is a matter of understanding and religiously practicing specific, simple habits that always lead to success.” -Robert J. Ringer, author of Million Dollar Habits

Remember beautiful people,  what you do and say are reflection of your values. Make sure that your habitual thoughts, feelings and behaviors accurately reflect whom you believe yourself to be.

Much love and gratitude,

Dr. G




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Dr. Gloria Petruzzelli

Dr. Petruzzelli is a clinical sport psychologist, triathlete, and certified mindfulness meditation teacher located in Sacramento, California. She works with elite athletes and sports teams across the country. She is a competitive athlete and enjoys practicing yoga, spending time with her family, and traveling.