Building Habits as Trench-Warfare

How I Am Building My Habits “Successfully”

Franco Scucchiero
3 min readAug 4, 2023

Building habits is a challenge that many of us face in our daily lives. Personally, I have struggled immensely with building and maintaining habits. However, I have discovered a unique approach that has helped me overcome these challenges.

By leveraging defensive tactics and drawing inspiration from my interest in history and psychology, I have been able to successfully build and sustain habits for the past two years. I wanted to share my journey and provide insights into how you can apply these tactics to conquer your own habits.

WW1 Frontline

The Drama of Habit Building

While many experts suggest building habits slowly, steadily, and sustainably, I have found that injecting a bit of drama into the process can help me stay engaged and committed. Drawing inspiration from my deep interest in wars and history, I have projected this passion into my habit-building journey. By creating a narrative and attaching emotions to my habits, I have found that I am more motivated to stick with them.

Leveraging Loss Aversion

One psychological concept that has greatly influenced my approach to habit-building is loss aversion. Studies have suggested that losses can be twice as powerful, psychologically, as gains. By applying this concept to my habits, I have focused on defending fiercely every inch of habit that I build. This mindset shift has helped me prioritize my habits and stay committed to them.

Defending vs. Attacking

In war, defending is often easier than attacking. Similarly, when it comes to habit building, it is crucial to understand the importance of both defense and offense. Knowing your body and mind well is key to determining when to attack and when to defend. When you have the most momentum and breakthrough, it is essential to seize the opportunity and push forward. However, the moment you feel your inertia waning, it is crucial to switch to defense mode. By entrenching yourself in your goals and adopting a last-man-standing mentality, you can protect your progress and prevent setbacks.

The Importance of a Fallback Line

In any battle, setbacks are common, and habit-building is no exception. Sometimes, a combination of factors may weaken your entrenchment, causing you to lose ground. In such situations, having a well-defined fallback line becomes crucial. This fallback line acts as a safety net, allowing you to retreat and regroup should you lose the frontline. By establishing a clear plan for fallback, you can minimize the impact of setbacks and maintain your overall progress.


Building habits is a challenging endeavor, but by leveraging defensive tactics and drawing inspiration from history and psychology, I have been able to conquer my own habits over the past two years. Injecting a bit of drama into the process, understanding loss aversion, balancing defense and offense, and establishing a fallback line have all played significant roles in my success. I encourage you to apply these tactics to your own habit-building journey and experience the transformative power of leveraging defensive tactics. Remember, building habits is a battle, and with the right strategies, you can emerge victorious.