The New Year 2020 is right around the corner and most people have begun thinking about the changes they want to make for the year ahead.
We have never been ‘big’ on making New Year’s Resolutions. And most people fail because they are following an all or nothing approach.
And we are here to tell you that it’s an approach that will never work.
In fact, according to U.S. News & World Report, the failure rate for New Year’s resolutions is said to be about 80 percent, and most lose their resolve by mid-February.
Have you heard about Micro Habits?
Micro habits are so small that they feel like they should sort of succeed automatically and the good news is, you can set up any micro habit for success with just three simple steps.
Focus on one micro-habit at a time.
Because micro-habits are small, it’s easy to think you can create a whole slew of them to fix your life all at once. After all, they’re just small changes, right?
The problem is that even small changes can add up, especially when you have a whole big long list of them. So rather than getting caught up trying to remake yourself entirely, pick just one micro habit to establish.
Then don’t allow yourself to pick up another one until the first is already well-established.
We spent the entire 2019 year focusing on micro habits and we are here to tell you it works!
Link the new micro-habit to one that’s already in place.
To do this, look at what you’re trying to establish. See if there is another habit you already have in place to which you can link this new micro habit.
For example, suppose you want to start flossing. You could connect it to the already established routine in place for brushing your teeth. The act of brushing your teeth, then becomes a trigger for the new micro habit, and so it becomes easy to remember to do it.
You might have to get a little bit creative to do this. If you’re not sure what to connect it with, ask yourself questions such as:
- What time of day do you want to perform this micro habit?
- Is there something else I did at that time every day?
- Is this micro habit somehow related to something I’m already doing regularly?
- Can I somehow link it to something else entirely, but still see some alignment in my mind?
Set it in stone
Or at least place the micro habit on your schedule. Even a small habit such as drinking more water is established by simply setting a timer on your phone to remind you to drink every hour.
Use your calendar, your timer, even a Post-it note on a physical calendar hanging on your wall to remind yourself that you have set aside time just for this micro habit.
With these steps, any micro habit can be very easily set up for success.
If you’re still flagging after all this, think of a small reward you can use to encourage yourself to perform this particular micro habit.
Sometimes, every little bit helps.
2 Books and a Video
The best part about micro-habits is they are so small that you can stack a bunch of them all at once. This book takes a deep dive into the “Habit Stacking” philosophy.
There is some really iffy “tiny habit” material on Amazon. This book is not that. This is one of the most professional and in-depth looks at tiny habits available, and one of the Coach Shannon’s favorite reads of 2019 – “Automic Habits”
This video doesn’t focus solely on tiny habits, but it is a great primer to habit creation in general. It takes a scientific look at the best way to change habits. This link will take you to YouTube.
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To your health and wellness,