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?
After you sign up, you'll immediately have access to:
8 self-paced modules
9 video lessons
9 audio lessons
"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.
"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.
How does this work?
As soon as you enroll, you'll receive access to your Make It Stick Habit School workbook and all the videos in our online learning platform. Just log in and get started! The course is designed to take six weeks, but it's self-paced so you can move as fast or slow as you like.
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.
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. 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?
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.