The Insane Power of Mini Habits

the insane power of mini habitsYour new year’s resolutions become stale on day 3, your willpower is directly linked to your fluctuating emotions and the only thing fitspiration motivates you to do, is reach for another choc chip cookie.  Congratulations, you are normal!

Let’s face it, most of us have goals (for us ladies it’s usually weight loss!) and aspirations we have failed to accomplish.  You are told all it takes is motivation and willpower to achieve success.  Scroll through Facebook and Pinterest and chances are you will be bombarded with motivational quotes designed to kick your behind into gear.  Only, it doesn’t.

the insane power of mini habits

Not feeling so motivated on Monday are you?

What’s the problem with all of this?  If sheer willpower was an unlimited source and motivation transcended the daily realities of life, everyone would be successful wouldn’t they?  So how does one cure this problem?  By simply lowering the bar.

A man named Stephen Guise changed his life by doing ONE pushup a day for 209 days in a row and ended up in the best shape of his life, writing a range of books and inspiring thousands of others to reach their goals.  One pushup a day doesn’t sound like an earth shattering goal does it?  And that is exactly it, the power of forming mini, unintimidating habits.

In his book, Mini Habits: Smaller Habits. Bigger Results (I read it, it’s awesome) Guise explains how consistent, daily habits changed and rewired his brain.  It allowed him to develop habits without resistance, burnout or failure.  His goals were simply too small to fail!  Where willpower and motivation will fail, strategy will not.

As his small habits were forming, he found himself doing more and more because he wanted to, not because he had to.  Somedays he did 20 pushups instead of 1 or wrote 200 words instead of 50.  And this is the key.  You will end up doing more than the mini habit you committed to because you will have the desire to do more.  Sounds too good to be true?  Here are many stories of people who have succeeded by implementing this strategy.

It’s all about hacking your brain really.  Your grey matter can be an incredibly powerful source that enables you to move mountains (or jump over an impossibly high fence if chased by a Rottweiler) or it can sabotage your best efforts to avoid pain.  Your brain, like you, loves pleasure and avoids pain and we all know that forming new habits can be quite painful!  Committing to a mini habit is painless and therefore you are working with your brain, not trying to force it to overcome pain.

To summarize, here are some of the reasons setting mini goals works so well:

  • It breaks the cycle of resolutions that lead to failure
  • It allows your brain to form a habit without having to exercise much willpower
  • There is no resistance as the habit is not intimidating and barely requires energy
  • You are guaranteed to be successful with your mini habit as your goal is too small to fail

Now I know there are some of you who do in fact have a lot of willpower and manage to stay motivated and achieve success without making use of this strategy, and that is great!  But for many of us who really struggle to stay committed to anything, the mini habits strategy might be just the thing to try!  So why not commit to just one mini habit starting tonight?

If you are interested to know more, you can read the first chapter of Guise’s eBook for free on Google Play.

Have you tried this?  What are some habits you would like to form?  We would love to hear your thoughts so leave a comment below!

 

 

On September 22nd, 2017, posted in: Lifestyle, News by ,

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