Stephen Guise has written a very powerful little book. Mini Habits is a quick read about how to get big results from small life changes.
Mr. Guise details how habits are formed. There is a chapter on motivation vs. willpower, and then a lot of information on how to implement mini habits.
My favorite recommendation from this book is “make your habits stupid small”. Even I can do something difficult for one minute. The hardest part is getting started, right? Once I have a minute in, it’s easier to add another.
Other good advice includes “if you feel strong resistance, back off and go smaller”. And “be happy with all progress”. These both ease pressure when making changes, and that’s clearly a positive thing.
The principles in this book have helped me create a habit of flossing daily. I was terribly lazy about this before, and I noticed a big change at my last dental appointment. It was quick and easy to get my teeth cleaned, instead of the usual rather torturous experience. It worked!
To build my new habit I used brushing my teeth in the morning as a cue. Immediately after brushing I got out the floss. I told myself I only had to floss two teeth, but of course, it was simple to just do them all. It’s become routine and easy now. It takes less than 90 seconds and makes me feel great. I am doing something good for myself, and ensuring I’ll hold on to my teeth for a long time! No one ever said “I wish I hadn’t taken care of my teeth”, right?
Stephen also has a blog that’s worth following, he is an interesting and intelligent guy. He recently published a post entitled “Why Mini Habits Is the Greatest Personal Development Strategy Ever”. Read it.
Reading this book can help you improve in any area. Habits can be created around your health, work and even parenting. Do yourself a favor and give this book a few hours of your time. I think you’ll be glad you did.
And here’s a fiber picture for the addicts.