I’m doing a video series in which I discuss the various strategies that we can use for habit-formation.
Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life, and a significant element of happiness. If we have habits that work for us, we’re much more likely to be happy, healthy, productive, and creative. My forthcoming book, Better Than Before, describes the multiple strategies we can exploit to change our habits. To hear when it goes on sale, sign up here.
Today I’m going to talk about the Strategy of First Steps, which is one of the three Strategies that relate to "The Best Time to Begin." (Here's a complete list of the Strategies.)
Want to read more about some of the ideas I mention in the video?
I mention "tomorrow logic," which is related to the ever-popular Tomorrow Loophole. The fact is, once we're ready to begin, the best time to start is now.
I also mention that some people do better when they start small; others, when they start big. This is a key distinction to understand about yourself, one which I cover in the Strategy of Distinctions.
I suggest that we should be wary of stopping. There are many reasons for this, and one is the danger of the finish line.
Finally, I refer to the "don't break the chain" approach to habit-formation. Many people find this very useful.
How about you? Have you found First Steps to be a particularly important phase in your habit-formation?
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