Ever heard the phrase: 'Size matters'?
This is totally true when it comes to creating new, lasting habits.
Just think back to January first. How many big plans did you have? How many big new habits where on your list?
And how many of those big plans and habits stuck.
There is a reason you probably didn't stick to these new habits, and that's because your action steps where too big!
Yes, you heard me right. Taking on projects that are too big to comprehend in one go, are often seen as huge mountains, difficult to climb.
Take a weight loss plan for example. Let's say, you want to lose 10 kilos. You have no actual date in mind, just the number.
Where do you go from there? You start eating healthier, move a bit more. And the weight starts coming down. Half a kilo, one kilo, two kilos, maybe three. But that 10 is still a far way away, and on days that your motivation isn't as strong, those 7 kilos to go might seem impossible.
Which can lead for you to throw in the towel.
Sounds familiar? This is because your brain can struggle with steps this big. Because you need to feel your sense of achievement constantly to stay motivated. (You might believe this it not true, but it is.)
So, the best thing to do, is set your goals as detailed as you can, and simplify the steps.
Here are some tips on how to foolproof your new habits:
Set your goals: What does your achievement look like when you managed this? Try and visualise this in as much detail as you can. What are you wearing, what do you smell, where are you, what date is it, and so on. You can write this down, or even create a vision board, if you are more of a visual person, like me.
Now that you have that done: what steps do you need to take to reach your goals?
Is it a one-off step? Like buying a weighing scale, or oven tray? Or is it something you'll have to do every week or every day? Write down your goal on a piece of paper, and surround it by all the things you need to do to get there.
Done that? Now, how can you make those steps smaller and simpler? Making your steps as simple and small are key here. Why? Because when you do 2 air squats every day, your brain receives a message of achievement, and this motivates you to keep going. If you end up doing 3, 5 or 10 air squats: cool! But make sure to stick with the 2 every day. Keep it doable. Keep it so simple that you don't even have to think about it.
The last step here, is to set up your systems so that taking the steps are too easy to ignore. Think: putting out your running gear before going to bed, preparing your lunches in advance, have a chart you fill in next to your coffee pot you tick off when you've done your 2 air squats. Get where I'm going with this?
Take some time to decide how you can make your life as easy as possible. The smaller the steps, the more likely you'll do the steps day after day.
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