We often find ourselves setting out to accomplish big goals that involve big changes in habit. Pick the Brain recommends building mini habits to work your way up instead of overloading to burn yourself out.
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Instead of setting a big, unachievable goal, set a daily goal that's so easy to accomplish that you'll often end up doing more. Pick the Brain uses fitness as an example: if you set a goal of one push-up per day, every day, it's too easy to do that push-up to find yourself breaking the habit. Even on your worst day, you will accomplish the goal, and on most days, you'll probably exceed it. From there, you can build up to larger goals:
If you're tired of wrestling with yourself to change, it's because you're fighting a battle you're not strong enough to win. It's nothing to be ashamed of — humans are neurologically built to resist change. But mini habits slip right under this resistance (they're too small to resist).
Read more about Stephen Guise's journey with minihabits at the link below.
How to Change Your Life with Mini Habits [Pick the Brain]