Lasting Change For Early Quitters, Burnouts, The Unmotivated, And Everyone Else Too
For 10 years…
- I tried “getting motivated.” It worked sometimes.
- I tried setting audacious big goals. I almost always failed.
- I tried to make changes last. They didn’t.
Like most people who try to change and fail, I assumed that I was the problem.
One afternoon, after another failed attempt to get motivated to exercise, I (accidentally) started my first mini habit. It turned into a full workout. I was shocked. This “stupid idea” wasn’t supposed to work. I was shocked again when my success continued for months (and to this day). I had to consider that maybe I wasn’t the problem in those 10 years of mediocre results. Maybe it was my prior strategies that were ineffective, despite being oft-repeated as “the way to change” in countless books and blogs.
I was right.
Is There A Scientific Explanation For This?
Yes. As I sought understanding, I found a plethora of scientific studies that had answers, with nobody to interpret them correctly. As I’ve been writing about self-improvement for 10 years, I relished the opportunity to share this life-changing discovery with the world. I loved writing Mini Habits, and you’ll see my passion in the content as well as the overall quality and presentation of the book.
Based on the science–which you’ll find peppered throughout Mini Habits–we’ve been doing it all wrong. You can succeed without the guilt, intimidation, and repeated failure associated with such strategies as “getting motivated,” New Year’s Resolutions, or even “just doing it.” In fact, you need to stop using those strategies if they aren’t giving you great results. They don’t work because they all require you to fight against your subconscious brain (a fight not easily won). It’s only when you start playing by your brain’s rules and taking your human limitations seriously–as mini habits show you how to do–that you can achieve lasting change.
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What’s A Mini Habit?
A mini habit is a very small positive behavior that you force yourself to do every day; its “too small to fail” nature makes it weightless, deceptively powerful, and a superior habit-building strategy. You will have no choice but to believe in yourself when you’re always moving forward. The barrier to the first step is so low that even depressed or “stuck” people can find early success and begin to reverse their lives right away.
Aim For The First Step
They say when you aim for the moon, you’ll land among the stars. Well, that doesn’t make sense, as the moon is closer than the stars. I digress. The message of the saying is that you should aim very high and even if you fall short, you’ll still get somewhere. I’ve found the opposite to be true in regards to productivity and healthy behaviors. When you aim for the moon, you’ll just sit there because it’s too far away. But when you aim for the step in front of you, you might just keep taking steps and end up getting the moon.
I’ve used the Mini Habits strategy to get into the best shape of my life, read 10x more books, and write 4x as many words. It started from requiring one push-up from myself every day. How ridiculous is that? Not so ridiculous when you consider the science of the brain, habits, and willpower. The Mini Habits system works because it’s how our brains are designed to change.
Note: This book isn’t for eliminating bad habits (though some principles could be useful for breaking habits). Mini Habits is a strategy to create permanent healthy habits. Some categories include: exercise, writing, reading, thinking positively, meditating, drinking water, eating healthy foods, etc.
“I want it now!”
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