Tiny habits can have big impact on your life - and your mindset.
Ever thought of what would happen if you make a small change in your life for the better? Not a big one - but a small one?
In the book “Atomic Habits” by James Clear, he teaches us how we can make a big impact with small changes. When most of us want to make a change - lose weight, save more money, get heathy, learn something new, etc. etc. - we’ll stick to for a few days but when we don't see immediate results we get discouraged and go back to our old ways. By changing the way we think and focus on the future path rather than current result, anything is possible. It starts with habits.
There are four elements of a habit: cue/trigger to act, craving, response, reward
An example is waking up in the morning, craving a cup of coffee, and dragging yourself out of bed to make coffee. The reward is feeling awake to start the day. One of my goals this year is to strengthen my mind and one of the ways I'm doing that is reading more.
Here are five steps I’ve learned to achieve that:
1. Implementation intentions
Change your environment so you’ll carry out the habit. i.e. put your book where you can see it.
2. Temptation bundling
Link a behavior that is important to something you do like. i.e. make a cup of hot tea before you sit down to read.
3. Reduce friction
Any behavior can be distilled into a habit that is doable within 2 minutes. So instead of saying you will read one book every week, say you will read 2 pages per night.
4. Make habits satisfying
Find ways for immediate gratification. Write down how you can implement what you’ve read to better your life.
5. Track your habits
What gets measured gets done. Write a blog - CHECK!