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I’ve been writing about habits a lot lately because I honestly believe that small habits are the building blocks to larger habits, and ultimately the path to success with any goal you may have.
In other words, they are super important!
Have you ever tried to change a habit and gotten really excited about the change you want to make?
And felt defeated. And wanted to give up?
We all have! 🙁
The good news is that this is a common problem that is easy to fix.
Most attempts at forming new habits, or making big changes to our behavior (e.g. diet and exercise) fail, simply because we don’t have a successful plan from the start that is something we can do on a regular basis. And if you don’t have the right plan, you will fail.
Instead of biting off a big change, or a lot of little ones, the easy peasy way to success is to small micro habits to take charge of your life in bite-size chunks.
A micro habit is a quick action you can take in less than 60 seconds. They are so easy to do and especially if you’re feeling depressed, anxious, frazzled, stressed, or otherwise out of control, they give you some quick success and that will give you momentum with your daily habits.
Use These Steps to Success with Small Micro Habits
Here are the key steps to success with small micro habits:
1. Start small – with ONE habit
Don’t try to change your whole world overnight. Remember that quote we all learned in high school: “Rome wasn’t built in a day!”
This is true. The key to success and feeling good about yourself while you start to change is to start small, so you can have success and stay motivated!
No sense in getting super high energy like you’re in a Tony Robbins Seminar, only to set yourself up for feeling bad the next day. Am I right??
So, let’s make this easy – pick ONE new habit right now. Just start with that one habit.
2. Make a commitment to that 1 habit right now!
Write down your habit right now and make a commitment to your habit. Write out on the piece of paper: “I am committed to do ____” for the next 21 days.
21 days will get you started toward making a change.
3. Link the habit to an existing habit that is already part of your daily routine
If you have a successful habit already in place, ask yourself what small thing you can attach or connect to it and build on it. For example, you might already be brushing your teeth every day. How hard would it be to add flossing to that routine? Take your floss and wrap it to your toothbrush with a rubber band. That will tie the 2 behaviors together literally.
4. Try an Accountability Partner
An excellent technique is to tell a close friend about your plan and have them be your informal “accountability” partner. Just ask them if they will check in with you every couple days with a check in on you and your self improvement efforts. And if they can offer praise if you’re doing the habit or encouragement if you’re not, that will help you stay on track. Also, you can create a public accountability partner by using social media to post your goals and your progress. For some people this really works because instead of just one accountability partner, they now have dozens or hundreds of people helping them to be accountable.
5. Reward yourself
Celebrate every little accomplishment with a small reward. Something to keep you motivated and a reward for your new behavior change. The goal here is to make yourself feel good about the daily changes you are making.
6. Verbally Affirm the New Habit
Accept that this is the new you. The habits you’re building are going to change who you are, one micro habit at a time. Embrace your new identity by saying “I am the type of person who does _____” (the habit).
By following these steps, you will be able to quickly start a new micro habit. And that is pretty exciting when you see how easy it can be to start new habits – it will inspire you to keep going!