5 simple steps for creating any habit
A couple of weeks ago we spoke about why some habits are easier than others to adopt and went into the science behind what a habit is and why they sometimes don’t work. Today we are giving you a step by step guide to create any habit you want in 5 simple steps. So let's get into it!
1) Make it So Small You Can’t Fail
Most people try to change too much too quickly.
The real key to making a habit stick is to make it so small that you can’t say no.
If you want to get in shape, start by doing one push up.
If you want to become smarter, start by reading one page.
If you want to build a business, start by prospecting for one minute a day.
Set yourself up for success and make your new habits so easy to achieve that they are impossible to fail.
2) Apply the Compound Effect to Your Habits
If you were to take the habits listed above and compound them by only 1% each day, in one year you would have improved each habit roughly 37%.
While that might not seem like a lot, if you compare this progress using something easy to understand - say finances - that’s the difference between making $100,000 a year and $137,000 a year!
If you were to extend the compounding effect to 10 years, you would start off earning $100,000 a year and $1,370,000 a year!
3) Break Big Habits Down
If you continue compounding habits, you will make dramatic improvements in the first 2–3 months.
But it’s important that you keep your habits easy and reasonable.
For example, if your goal is to write your new book for 60 minutes a day, break the 60 minutes in four 15 minute chunks that you complete throughout the day.
If you want to do 100 pull-ups a day, do 10 sets of 10 to make the habit easier to complete.
4) Never Miss Twice
Look, you WILL mess up and slip on your habits.
And it’s OK.
The rule of thumb is that when you fail, you get back on the horse immediately so that you never miss twice.
It’s ok to miss one workout this week, but don’t you dare let it extend to 2 or 3.
It’s fine to miss one day of meditation practice, but you had better plant your butt on a yoga mat tomorrow.
If you follow the rule of “Never Miss Twice” you can fail your way to any goal you desire.
5) Be Patient and Find a Sustainable Pace
If you are reading this and you are under the age of 40, then chances are very high that you will live past 100 years old.
So why in the world do you feel the need to rush everything in your life?
Greatness takes time, building an exceptional life takes time, and building exceptional habits that make you an exceptional human being take time.
Instead of fighting this law, work with it.
Play the long game, be patient, and go at a sustainable pace.
As you’ve already seen, even a 1% daily improvement will have a huge payout if you stick with it for long enough.
So be patient and remember that slow and steady wins the race.
What are some habits you want to create that will benefit your life, and potentially those around you in a positive way?
Why don't you start by writing down your top 5 habits that you want to create right now. Then number them from 1-5 and start to work on number one today. Remember start small, add gradually, break them down, be consistent and be patient life is not a marathon.