How to make a habit stick (and it’s not about trying harder) | The Seattle TimesAs the author says, the forces here presented are based on thousands of peer-reviewed studies. Research has shown that people have a better chance of succeeding at something if they take small steps. Even if they know they should take it slowly they often fail because their steps are still too big. Take really small steps in the beginning. Instead, set the smaller step of meeting three potential new clients this week. There are many people like us and we can learn from them. Forming part of a community gives us the social support and social competition to make lasting change.
Success Habit #8: find one book and stick with it
Stick with it — Summary
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This simple tweak could drastically raise our pathetic recycling rates
Many years ago, when I was studying law in school, I had an old professor who had the peculiar notion that he should never give his students a written examination, but rather should let them demonstrate their knowledge of law under conditions approximating those of a courtroom. Since he had been a judge for many years, he could devise a courtroom condition very similar to an actual case. Consequently, there being great numbers of budding attorneys on the one side being able to do very rapid and thorough research work was a great advantage to that side but a handicap to the individual standing alone who did not have the advantage of many minds working as one. It seemed that what one of these young fellows in the group could not think of, someone else did. I had absolutely no confidence in my own ability to either defend or prosecute any case I could think of against the entire balance of that law class. And so I was shaking in my boots, as were others in the class, over this type of test.
When I first started to focus on building healthier habits a few years ago, one of the biggest mistakes I made was to ask too much of myself. I would go from reading hardly ever to attempting to read one book per week. Or from getting up at 9 a. The distance between where I was starting and where I wanted to be was so great that I would fail a lot. And each failure made it harder to succeed the next day. At their heart, as James Clear explains , habits are about routines. And what I really needed were small wins and visible progress to help me create new routines I could keep every day.