How many times do we fail when we set our goals? A lot, right? It all sounds so amazing the first couple of days, but eventually we stop doing it. The thing we didn’t consider yet is that our tactics were wrong! It is not because we are bad people, we just didn’t take the right approach. Get inspired by watching this video… and keep on reading!
Here is where the mini habits come in. Mini habits are small and easy goals we set ourselves to do every single day. They are so easy we don’t need any (or maybe just a tiny bit) of willpower. They are so small they just take a couple of minutes and it is almost impossible not to reach them.
The problem with our previous tactic of doing great things starting tomorrow is that we depend on motivation or willpower. In the beginning we are highly motivated and we can do anything. But there are also days when we can hardly get out of bed, let alone exercise for one hour and write 1000 words. This is when we need to use our willpower. Willpower is like a muscle, the more you use it the stronger it gets. But it still has its limits and we can run out of it. The bigger the challenge, the more of willpower we need. And once the muscle is damaged, it cannot operate anymore.
Forming mini habits is the way to trick our brain, which doesn’t like new things. We introduce such a small new habit, that the brain doesn’t even recognise it as something challenging. Only the mini habit, which is ridiculously small will do. This way we need little to no willpower to complete and we can fit it in every day since it takes a few minutes and is super easy.
When we do things every day, they slowly become our habits. Habits are things we do without thinking and are purely automatic. Integrating healthy and useful habits in our daily routine can do nothing more than totally change our lives.
Some examples of mini habits are:
– One push-up per day
– Write 50 words per day (blog, book, journal)
– Read one page per day
– Eat one piece of fruit per day
– Write down one creative idea
– Learn one foreign word per day.