Mini habits: Small Changes, Great Results
Mini habits are the key to success! Do you recognize that you want to do all sorts of things in your life, and when you come to the point, not that much happens! You are full of good intentions. But actually doing this is really different. The solution for this is mini habits, smaller habits, great results.
In this blog, you will discover what does not work, what mini habits are, why do mini habits work and you get some examples of mini habits. Professor BJ Fogg – Tiny Habits and Stephen Guise – Mini Habits almost independently came to this methodology.
The key to success
OK. What do you want to change about yourself? Imagine that, like most people, you want to do one of the following activities more. You want to exercise more, lose weight, write, drink water or relax.
In good spirits, you will introduce yourself to start working on your goal from today. But when you come to the end, you will not get into action. Something stops you.
In this blog, you will discover the most important insights about mini habits and how you can change your behavior.
What does not work?
To begin with, what does not work? A well-known quote from Norman Vincent Peale is “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. “The message is that you have to aim very high and even if you fall short, you will end up somewhere between the stars.
From scientific research into how your brain works, motivation and willpower, this method, unfortunately, does not work. Do you want to promote productive and healthy behavior you have to take very small steps! The quest for the moon is simply too far away. If your goal is step by step, you can continue and reach the moon.
What are mini habits?
Mini habits are very small habits. A mini habit is so small that you can force yourself to do it every day. Make it so small that it feels ridiculously small to do.
Mini Habit is a strategy to permanently create healthy habits. Think, for example: moving, writing, reading, positive thinking, meditating, drinking water, eating healthy food, etc.
Mini habits in practice
It is important that you take the first step. Example: imagine you have the goal to do an x number of push-ups per day. You make it so small that you actually think this is too easy to do.
Examples of mini habits
- Read 2 pages per day (read more)
- Get up 1 minute earlier than you do now (get up earlier)
- Do 1 push up (more exercise)
- Drink 1 glass of water (healthier life)
- Floss 1 tooth (healthier life)
- Write down one thing that you are grateful for (positive thinking)
- Write 50 words a day (write book)
- Learn one new word (learn a language)
- Put on your running shoes (more exercise)
- Take 1 cigarette less (healthier life)
And that is where the behavioral change takes place. Tiny little actions actually put you in action and increase your discipline. I see the benefits of people who apply mini habits:
- You train your willpower and discipline by doing a small habit every day;
- You immediately book progression;
- You save energy;
- You build momentum because you book a small victory over yourself every day;
- You become more aware of your own behavior;
- You no longer have any excuses for not changing your behavior. Everyone can free 1 minute per day!
Forget big change starts with tiny habits
Prof Tiny Fogg explains the principle of tiny habits in the video below
How does behavioral change take place?
Tiny Fogg is obsessed with how behavior works. He is constantly researching how behavioral change takes place.
According to Tiny Fogg, behavioral change is not as difficult as many people think.
If something takes a lot of effort then you also need a lot of motivation. What if it costs you little effort, it will cost you less motivation. It is easier to maintain and a change can occur in your brain.
An example you want to run a marathon. Running a marathon is far too big. Make it super small. Your mini habit, for example, runs out for 30 seconds.
And celebrate this success too. This is making it easier and easier.
The Best apps for habits
There are several apps on the market to keep track of your mini habits.
- Habit = Strategy for success, Wealth & Happiness
Chain works super easy. You put your mini habit in the app and you can check whether you have done the mini habit. The app keeps track of how many times you have maintained the mini habit and can send you a reminder.
Coach.me is a beautifully designed app to get inspiration. You can participate in all kinds of challenges. A pitfall is that the goals are set very big. Bend the challenges from this app to mini habits.
Goals on Track
This is a very comprehensive app. You can keep track of your new habits, but also your goals, subgoals including date and time. Goalsontrack even synchronizes with Google Calendar and Outlook.
Organize your daily life to form good habits.
Plan your schedule daily – Plan each habit perfectly with a time range to remind you for your habit
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Which mini habits will you start?
I challenge you to start one mini-habit today. Leave your mini habits below that you want to start the next time. I am curious about your experiences.
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