If you’re reading this, you most likely want to create good habits and live a better life.
Everyone wants to be better. Everyone wants to read more, work out more, eat healthier. Everyone.
But not everyone succeeds.
And I can tell you why—they make it WAY too hard on themselves. If you want to succeed where others have failed, simply start smaller.
Right now, think about the ONE thing you most want to change in your life.
I know you just thought of something. It’s probably the one you have been thinking about for quite a while. That’s what we will focus on right now—fixing it forever.
Habits Grow From Baby Steps
If you haven’t noticed, most of the BIG changes in your life occur…very……slowly.
It’s because your behavior comes from the small decisions you make every day.
Take weight gain for example:
If you eat one extra burger per day, maybe you’ll only gain ½ ounce. But if you do it every day for a month…
You’ll gain almost a pound.
Now, think about if you did that every day for a year. That’s 12 pounds. From the time you gave up on your New Year’s resolution to work out, to the time you made the same resolution again this year… you have now gained 12 pounds.
The most deadly part about bad habits is this: They form so slowly, you don’t even feel them.
This baby step method is also the secret to forming good ones.
How to Form Your New Habits
Let’s keep using the weight gain example. If you want to lose weight, that’s not going to happen in the next 15 minutes unless you put the Twinkie down. I know this does not apply to anyone reading this :-)
But that’s not enough, obviously. If you are serious about changing your behavior, you will have to create a lifestyle change. You will have to stop eating that extra Twinkie on a regular basis.
By eliminating one Twinkie a day over 30 days, you will begin to lose weight.
If you want to save money—you have to cut back on buying. Even if it’s as little as a dollar a day, you must do it. You can increase the amount later, but the critical thing is to get the habit formed.
HINT: Start using coupons. Money Saving Mom has a great coupon database if you’re looking to change your spending patterns.
Behavior Change Takes a While
It is simply a daily process.
I know you don’t want to hear that something will be hard. No one does. But here’s the thing about daily processes—they mostly get easier and easier.
It will only be hard for a little while. After some time, it will be automatic. You won’t even have to think about it.
I know that what ever you are trying to fix could be absolutely insurmountable. I confess totally that I do not understand where you are.
But what I do know is this: There’s a baby step that you can and should take.
You may not be able to do a hundred push-ups or a hundred sit-ups. But you can do one of each.
You may not be able to run a marathon. But you could walk from one end to the other of the house. Maybe even to the mailbox and back.
These decisions pave the way for permanent improvement.
So what are you waiting for? Stop waiting and start acting. There was never a better time than right now to do so than today.
Make This List
In this process, no one will be harder on you than YOU.
That’s why I want you to take 15 minutes to make this list:
Come up with 10 amazing things about YOU. Then, list the ONE habit you will change. This behavior is your new goal. The beginning of your list will keep you from feeling crippling discouragement.
If you would like a template for this list, download mine by clicking the image to the right (you’ll also get the audio version of this blog, read by me).
Try this for the next few minutes. I believe you’ll be shocked at the results…
What habit you are forming or breaking? Tell me in the comments section!