You're a smart, capable person who dreams of changing your life without constantly battling temptation and self-sabotage.
You know all of the bad habits are slowly adding up, but you've tried to break them before and it hasn't worked.
You smell fresh donuts as you walk past the bakery and all of a sudden, you've bought half a dozen. You hear the buzz of a notification from your phone and then you've been scrolling Instagram for an hour. You feel the thrill of caffeine in your veins, so you drink two more lattes and now you're $10 poorer and too wired to sleep.
You're convinced you're "not good at this stuff" and that good habits - drinking water, meditating, journaling - are things only "other people" can do.
You believe those bad habits that undermine what you want are “just how you are.”
Have you ever wondered …
But it’s actually possible for you to have what you want: Good habits that feel easy, natural, and almost on auto-pilot.
You get out of the bed and the first thing you do is settle into Lotus Pose to meditate - you're not even tempted to look at your phone. You pad into the bathroom and see an orange bottle sitting on the sink and you take your medication - you haven't missed a dose in five weeks.
At lunch, you feel the sun on your skin and the ground under your feet as you head out for a walk to get fresh air and clear your head. You've been taking these lunch hour walks every workday for months now and they've made such a difference in your mood, your productivity, and how you feel about afternoon meetings.
I’m Sarah Von Bargen, creator of Make It Stick Habit School.
I built a daily writing habit that led to a blog that's been going for 10+ years - 70% of blogs quit within the first three months! I've also built money habits that helped me pay off $50,000 of school debt and some pretty impeccable flossing habits, if I do say so myself.
I’ve helped my clients build 10,000-steps-a-day habits, gym habits, and daily writing habits. I’ve helped them break spending habits and lifestyle habits that were putting them in debt.
And if you're looking for 'official' qualifications, I've studied these topics at a graduate school level. Neural pathways, pedagogical theory, self-narrative - these were all part of my Master's Degree in Applied Linguistics.
Habit School was created after 10+ years of working with clients whose hard work was being undermined by bad habits + bad information.
After watching clients flounder, I realized that much of the information about habit change we see in listicles and magazines is just flat out wrong.
And the methods that are based on this false information? Unsurprisingly, they don't work.
That's why I created Make It Stick Habit School. This isn't your typical do-something-for-21-days-and-then-it's-a-habit stuff. Habit School is different than all the goal-setting, habit-changing stuff you've tried before.
If you hate dragging yourself to the gym, peeling yourself away from Netflix, or going cold turkey on caffeine - you're going to love Habit School!
For six weeks, I’ll teach you to build on already established good habits, swap out bad habits, and identify your triggers, and create contingency plans for when you’re tempted.
Habit School is built on scientific principles and it’s structured to be the best way to help you finally stop battling temptation and self-sabotage.
Are you ready to make your good habits stick? Are you ready to finally deliver on those resolutions you worked hard to dream up?
You'll also get:
Weekly emails to keep you on track
Private Facebook community
Two live group coaching calls
Weekly accountability challenges
Audio downloads of all the lessons
Access to 1:1 coaching at a reduced rate
Bonuses! When you join Habit School, you'll also get:
The Get What You Want Workshop
Want to build habits AND go after your goals? This workshop + workbook will give you the tools you need to end self-sabotaging behavior, start taking steps towards your goals, and get brave about getting uncomfortable.
How To Quit Your Bad Phone Habits Workbook
When I ask about the habit people most wanted to break, the answer - by a looooong shot - was mindless phone use. So I put together this workbook of phone-specific tips, tools, and journaling prompts to help you use your phone with intention.
"I loved Habit School! 1. Because it helped me realize why all my other good habits have slid right off me. And 2. because it actually. Made. Good. Habits. STICK! I'm not kidding you. It worked and it made me feel amazing.
I've been able to replicate that same success over and over, with little habits that I was so discouraged about not being able to accomplish before. It's a whole new way of looking at how you behave and it has really and truly helped me make steps towards being the Nora I want to be."
– Nora M.
I'm so sure you’ll love Habit School, I guarantee it!
I’m so confident Habit School works that I offer a money-back guarantee. If you work through all the steps I teach, participate in the calls + Facebook group and you haven't made significant changes in two months, I'll refund you!
"This is the magic formula. I've been trying to build a regular fitness habit for a decade, but I wasn't allowing myself room for any deviation whatsoever. If I didn't beat myself up on the treadmill for an hour every day, I called it a failure. That was not sustainable.
Now I have a whole collection of mini 'bookmark' activities that I love to do, so that when I can't get in a 'real' workout, I'm still moving my body every day and maintaining my habit."
– Erin G.
You’re determined to make your good habits stick and this program is going to help you do that.
We've all done it - read the magazine article about "21 days to a new you!," stuck it on the fridge, and then …. nothing.
Real talk: habit change is hard and it's even harder if the only support you're getting is a book or a magazine article. Habit School is a totally different approach. I send you weekly emails to keep you on track and each email ends with an accountability question. And when you reply to those emails? I reply right back with tips, advice, or a series of high five emojis.
And if I'm going to be real? Most of those articles about habit change are written by a staff writer who has zero professional expertise in this area and is rehashing out-of-date statistics.
I've studied neurology and the power of self-narrative at a graduate school level. (Yes, that's the sound of me tooting my own horn! 📯)
"Where was this information all my life?!! Habit School helped me discover why my new habits haven't stuck in the past. The suggestions to focus on how I feel when I do the bad habit, and then what I want to feel is mind-shifting!"
– Amy C.
"I like that Sarah encourages us to ask why we want to change a habit in the first place. We rarely consider if we're changing a habit because someone else wants us to! And I loved the cheat sheet for working through the Make It Stick method with any habit - makes it really easy!"
– Rachel T
Imagine – 6 weeks from now, you could be:
"This course helped me realize that working out/being active every day is key to my happiness: I feel better, eat better, and look better when I do. With Sarah's humor, humility, and science-backed strategies, I haven't missed a workout since I took Habit School.
I know I'll miss a day eventually, but Habit School has also prepared me to lessen the impact of that by planning alternate activities and, most importantly, going easy on myself."
– Bobby S.
What are the dates of Habit School LIVE?
The live portion of the program runs January 20th - February 28th. Enrollment is open January 6 - 17th.
How does this work?
As soon as you enroll, you'll receive your Make It Stick Habit School workbook, an invite to our private Facebook community, and access to all the videos in our online learning platform.
Starting January 20th, you'll receive weekly emails that will keep you on track with the steps we're all taking. We'll also have two live coaching calls and weekly accountability challenges to help you stay committed + engaged.
Will this work on making AND breaking habits?
Yup! You'll learn specific, science-backed methods for both breaking bad habits and building good ones.
My friend/spouse/child needs to change their habits. Can I buy this for them?
No. Like, seriously: Don't. Habit change is hard and it's nearly impossible when we're doing it from a place of obligation or shame. People change their habits when THEY are ready to change, not when WE are ready for them to change.
And I promise, this is a lesson-learned-the-hard-way for both me and maaaany previous students!
If you really want someone ELSE to change their habits, the best thing YOU can do is take this course yourself and set a good example with all of your positive habit making!
Will this work on ____________ habit?
The methods + tools you'll learn in Habit School can be applied to pretty much any habit.
However, if you're struggling with substance abuse like alcohol or drug addiction, I would encourage you you to pursue therapy with a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist, rather than take an online course.
I'm super busy. Should I wait till later to take this?
People who join the live versions of my courses often get better results even if they only lightly engage with the Facebook community, coaching calls, and weekly emails. Just knowing that there are hundreds of other people doing this alongside you and that someone on the other end of those emails is rooting for you is surprisingly motivating!
Do I need to be on Facebook?
Nope! The Facebook group is wonderful and very active + motivating, but you'll be able to submit questions for the live Q & A ahead of time and watch our coaching calls after the fact in our online teaching platform.
That being said, some students create temporary Facebook accounts for the length of the program and have found that to be worthwhile!
How much time will I need to devote to this each week?
You can expect to devote about 30 - 40 minutes a week to Habit School, between reading that week's assignment and taking part in the conversations on Facebook.
Of course, if you're working on building the habit of a daily, hour-long workout, you'd essentially be devoting that time to Habit School as well. But that's the whole point, right?
How is this different than reading Atomic Habits, Better Than Before, [insert book other book about habits here]
It's live + you get SO MUCH SUPPORT. It's not just you, your journal, and a library book trying to figure this out on your own! You get weekly emails, the support of a super active Facebook community, coaching calls where you can ask me your specific questions, and weekly accountability challenges.
Your book can't do that. 😉
Couldn't I just download a free habit tracker from the app store?
Sure! But, again, your habit tracker can't answer your questions, hold you personally accountable, or send you a series of high-five emojis.
What sort of results can I expect?
It depends on how closely you follow the methods we teach and the habit you're trying to change! If you follow the steps in Habit School and stay committed, you can expect to see very significant progress on your habit within 90 days.
How long will it take for my new habit to 'stick'?
Psychologists say that - on average - it takes 65 days for a new habit to solidify, but that time frame can range from 12 - 265 days! It varies from person to person and habit to habit. It might take you 30 days to build a flossing habit, but 200 days to build a workout habit.
I know this probably isn’t the answer you were hoping for! But one of the reasons I created Habit School is because I was so frustrated by the ‘21 days to a new habit’ myth that’s so pervasive. That false information sets SO MANY people up to fail.