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The Law of Attraction 

Energy • Movement • Momentum • Celebration 

Zumba® is Tiny Habits® Set to Music 

The other day I realized why I was so attracted to both Zumba and Tiny Habits. They are both positive pursuits that have so much in common. No wonder I keep going back for more!! 

In Tiny Habits, BJ Fogg explains that feeling good and feeling like you’re making progress are essential to growth and happiness. Bingo! Embedding many new Tiny Habits into my life over these last two years has definitely caused me to feel good about myself and the choices I’m making in my life. Zumba invigorates me. I’m making progress when I add arm movements to the footsteps. If the routine gets a bit complicated, I choose one part of my body to focus on and do that part. 

That’s what we do when we plant tiny habits. We keep the behaviors in our recipes very tiny for the days we don’t feel like doing much. On days we feel like doing more, we grow the behavior. After we do the behavior, we celebrate, to wire in the habit more quickly. For me, the celebration during Zumba is the music! It is an ongoing element that wires in the accompanying body movements almost effortlessly. 

Because Zumba is something I want to do, I feel I am making progress almost effortlessly. So it is with the tiny habits that I have successfully planted in my life. These include: getting out of bed and expressing gratitude for the day, making my bed, doing the starter step of a plank, stretching while waiting for my water to heat in the microwave, choosing a job stick when I feel overwhelmed, and writing in my Gains journal every night after getting into bed. 

The above habits all involve complex sequences of steps just like the
steps in Zumba. I have been able to incorporate complex sequences because I have started tiny and added to behaviors when I wanted to; thereby gaining confidence and success momentum over time. If I ever feel overwhelmed by emotions/life, I can always do the tiniest step to keep the behavior planted in my life. I am still remaining true to myself. 

Lastly, both the Tiny Habits and Zumba communities embrace diversity! The groups share core values of acceptance, happiness, joy, enthusiasm, positivity, and fun! Participation in either guarantees to be judgment-free, to meet you where you’re at, to allow you to proceed at your own pace, and to help you do what you want to do!! 

I encourage you to explore one or both of the pursuits described above and hope that they hold the same attraction for you as they have for me.