Why Are You Program Hopping?

by | Apr 30, 2020

I’ve tried a bunch of programs and nothing ever sticks.

Sound familiar?

One of the biggest issues I see with people struggling to achieve their goals is program hopping or bailing too soon.

The “experts” will tell you that it’s your fault. You need to trust the process! You need to have more discipline!

That’s exactly how I felt when I was bouncing from program to program, constantly landing back at square one, wondering if I was ever going to be successful.

What if the answer had nothing to do with discipline or willpower? What if the process you’re supposed to trust is a shitty process?

I prefer to expose the issue with a little self assessment and understanding …

Program hopping and your personality

Why are you program hopping in the first place?

It could be that you’re a dopamine dominant individual.

Dopamine dominant individuals need to be challenged and stimulated. They need to feel autonomy, they don’t do well with a whole bunch of rules, and they don’t do well with boring, methodical plans.

You may have bailed on a program because of the above.

It could be that you’re adrenaline dominant.

Adrenaline dominant individuals crave variety. Novelty gives them the adrenaline response that potentiates them. Once a program lacks novelty, they lose interest.

You may have bailed on a program because of the above.

You may be a people pleaser (neurotype 2A or 2B). People pleasers hate to let people down, especially someone in a leadership role like a coach. If they feel like they did something wrong, they typically avoid checking in because it can make them feel like a failure.

You may have bailed on a program because of the above.

Serotonin dominant individuals need repetition, structure, and organization. They need to know what’s coming and they love to know why they’re doing what they’re doing. Many programs don’t answer that question. Some programs will change unexpectedly.

You may have bailed on a program because of the above.

Maybe it had nothing to do with discipline and willpower all along. Maybe trying to operate outside of your nature was the problem in the first place.

This illustrates the need for understanding the way you’re wired so you can create awareness around your tendencies, play to your strengths, and overcome your weaknesses.

Why aren’t more people talking about the importance of your personality?

Good question. I’m not sure … but eventually they will be 🙂

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