Build your healthy habits by taking one step at a time.
What is a mini habit? Some small task you choose that will help you build into automatically repeating this healthy habit daily.
Think about what you can do 5 minutes or less. The goal here is to get you in a pattern that supports your healthy habit on a daily basis. Bigger goals often fail because they are too hard to fit into your busy schedule. Derek Doepker wrote a book: The Healthy Habit Revolution. See this book for a full program on how mini habits can be developed in 21 days.
Get started on healthy habits with easy mini steps.
The idea of a mini habit is just to get you started. Pick 1-3 healthy habits and plan on doing each of them for 1-5 min daily for 21 days. This what I liked most, the idea of just get started.
Think that is too easy? Wrong, it is a proven way to create the healthy habit that gets you started. Momentum creates motivation. So one push up every day or eating one extra carrot a day adds up to something that you will do on a routine basis.
What would 5 minutes of quiet time do for you as a way to rest your brain?
What makes this mini habit work is it is so easy to do it. You really have no excuse to avoid or not do this new healthy habit. While you might skip a 15-20 min exercise routine on a busy day, you are much less likely to skip 1-3 min of exercise.
Will 3 minutes of exercise make you more fit? Not today, but think of 3 minutes X 21 days and consider how much exercise you just added to your overall activity level.
If you have ever failed at goals or resolutions, this method of mini healthy habits is a good option for you to try.
Here are some guidelines to picking good mini habits:
- Take your mini habit seriously- pick what you personally want to improve
- Your habit has to require some effort, make it significant for your needs
- Avoid the temptation to make it too long, your goal is daily success
- Remember you can always choose to overachieve and to more each day
- Set up accountability for your mini habit, tell people what you are doing
At the end of 21 days, you will have set up patterns that give you a solid foundation to keep building on your health. That is the proven reason small steps lead to bigger actions. The success that you have in small mini habits will lead you to expand and improve into healthy habits for life. So this year start small for bigger gains.
Contact Coach Gwen for accountability that will keep you on track.