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Mar 27, 2019 23:45:24

#12weeks: Stupid small steps

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Haider Al-Mosawi

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When I first heard of the concept of "tiny habits", such as flossing one tooth to ingrain a flossing habit or doing one push-up for an exercise habit, I thought it was the silliest idea in the world. Why would I be motivated to do that? 

But after reading more about the idea and applying it in my own life, I'm now convinced of the wisdom behind it.

The point isn't to floss one tooth. The point is to show up to the habit, with no resistance.

When you don't experience any resistance towards an activity, you're more likely to show up and not put it off, or be evasive, or procrastinate over it.

And once you show up, you might be inclined to do more than what you set out to do. One push-up becomes 5 or 10. 

You can set a writing goal for yourself for 50 words (or 200 :P), and you won't experience resistance as you might do if the target is set at a thousand words. But when you do show up, you may end up writing a thousand words.

The point isn't to challenge yourself, but to guarantee your success, and building on it.

Make your habit goals so easy you can't fail. And when you stack the small steps up, you'll have made enormous progress towards your goals.

Don't belittle the little. 

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    @haideralmosawi good reframing of tiny habits! I think "stupid small steps" is a better name!

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Mar 28, 2019 18:13:43
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      @jasonleow Thanks! I actually didn't come up with it. Learned it from the book: Mini Habits, by Stephen Guise. :D

      Haider Al-Mosawi avatar Haider Al-Mosawi | Mar 28, 2019 22:26:23
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    @haideralmosawi Unless there is one tooth by itself with no teeth around it, it would be difficult to floss just one tooth. It reminds me that I need to look into why it's called a "toothbrush" and not a "teethbrush." But the real point of your post is a good one. Start small with no resistance to cement the habit.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Mar 27, 2019 13:49:33
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      @brandonwilson Haha! That's so true! You're not flossing a tooth, but the gap between two! XD

      Haider Al-Mosawi avatar Haider Al-Mosawi | Mar 28, 2019 07:32:57
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