A Simple Way To Build Good Habits

It’s good to enjoy today instead of feeding on your past or worrying about your future. Gaining wisdom by learning from yesterday’s mistakes, and having a backup plan for tomorrow’s unexpected challenges is also a smart thing. Instead of seeing life as “now or never”, we could adopt a different life philosophy — one that enables us to implement small, yet constant changes that slowly add up and ultimately radically improve our lifestyle. We should start working on certain things today, even if our effort seems to bring very little or no progress at all, and little by little we actually start building a better future for ourselves.

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When I decided to wake up 30 minutes earlier than I used to in order to have more time in the morning to work on my personal projects, I realized going cold turkey and setting my new alarm at such an early time for the next day would be very annoying and could potentially make me hit the snooze button and just sleep another hour, waking up at the usual time, thus failing to build the new habit I was trying to build. Therefore, I decided to set my new alarm only 3 minutes earlier than the previous alarm. The next day I did the same thing: I set my alarm 3 minutes earlier than the previous day, and in just 10 days I was waking up at 5:45 AM instead of 6:15 AM, almost without any effort.

There are so many things we can integrate into our daily routines using this technique. For example, you could start cutting sugar intake as of today and tomorrow there might be no visible difference, but in reality, this small change becomes a long-term habit helping your body in a tremendous way that will ultimately lead to a healthier you.

Think long-term and don’t try to build a new habit by doing something new just once. It doesn’t work like that. Also, if there’s a more difficult change that you want to implement into your life (like my new wake-up time), think progressive. It’s all about this: start doing small things that ultimately add up and get you where you wanted to be.

Transformation is a constant application of positive habits, rather than an overnight miracle. Therefore, make a list of small changes that you can implement into your own life today and enjoy a healthier, happier lifestyle in the long run.

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