Hey there! I’m here to talk to you about tiny habits. Tiny habits are the secret to creating lasting change in your life.
What are tiny habits? They’re small, simple actions that you can do consistently to achieve your goals. They’re so small that you can’t resist them, and they’re so easy that you can do them even on your worst days.
Here’s an example: Let’s say you want to start exercising regularly. But you’re dreading the thought of going to the gym for an hour every day. So instead, you start with a tiny habit: Two push-ups every morning.
That’s it. Just two push-ups. It’s so easy that you can’t resist it, and it only takes a few seconds. But over time, those two push-ups will add up. And before you know it, you’ll be doing push-ups like a pro.
Another example: Let’s say you want to eat healthier. But you’re worried about giving up all your favorite foods. So instead, you start with a tiny habit: You leave two bites of food on your plate. After you’ve gotten good at that habit (approximately a week), you will add another habit. You stop eating at 8:00 at night. You do that and leave two bites of food. And before you know it, you’ll be eating healthier without even thinking about it.
Tiny habits are so powerful because they’re based on neuroscience. When you repeat a behavior consistently, your brain creates a new neural pathway for that behavior. The more often you repeat the behavior, the stronger the neural pathway becomes. And the stronger the neural pathway, the easier it is to do the behavior.
So how do you create a tiny habit? It’s simple. Just follow these four steps:
- Choose a behavior that you want to change.
- Identify a cue. This is something that will trigger the behavior. For example, if you want to start flossing your teeth, your cue could be brushing your teeth.
- Make the behavior so small that you can’t resist it. For example, instead of flossing all your teeth, just floss one tooth.
- Do the behavior every day. Even if you’re not feeling like it, just do the tiny habit. Practice keeping your word to yourself.
Once you’ve created a tiny habit, the next step is to stack it. This means adding another tiny habit to your routine after you’ve completed the first one. For example, after you floss one tooth, you could do two push-ups.
The more tiny habits you stack, the more progress you’ll make towards your goals. And the best part is, tiny habits are so easy that you can do them even on your worst days.
Here are a few more tips for creating and sticking with tiny habits:
- Make your tiny habits specific. Don’t just say “I want to eat healthier.” Instead, say “I will leave two bites of food on my plate every time I eat.”
- Make your tiny habits measurable. This will help you track your progress and stay motivated. For example, instead of saying “I want to be more active,” say “I will walk for 10 minutes after every meal.”
- Make your tiny habits achievable. Start with something so small that you can’t resist it. Then, once you’ve established the habit, you can gradually increase the size of the behavior.
- Make your tiny habits fun. If you don’t enjoy doing the behavior, you’re less likely to stick with it. So find a way to make your tiny habits fun and rewarding.
Creating habits using tiny steps is the best way to achieve your goals and create a lasting change in your life. So start small, and be consistent. And before you know it, you’ll be living the life you’ve always wanted.
Here are a few more tiny habits that you can try:
- Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning.
- Read your Bible every day.
- Write 3 things you are grateful for.
- Make your bed every day.
- Read for 10 minutes before bed.
- Meditate for 5 minutes a day.
- Say something nice to yourself every day.
- Spend 10 minutes a day decluttering your home.
- Save $10 a week.
- Learn one new word a day.
- Do one squat every time you go to the bathroom.
These are just a few examples, of course. The possibilities are endless. Choose a tiny habit that you want to work on, and start today. You won’t regret it.
What tiny habit are you going to start today? Leave a comment below and let me know!