Why Super Habits Fail

We’ve all heard of variations of self-improvement advice before:

“Make saving a habit.”

“Exercise daily.”

“Eat fruits and veggies.”

“Meditate.”

And though we repeatedly hear these bits of advice (among others), it could still be difficult to follow through them. I will admit- in the past year, I’ve started several habits that I failed to continue.

Why?

The reason why people fail at developing new habits is because it requires a whole lot of willpower.

When you’re tired, do you think you can still do a 30-minute workout? When your boss just yelled at you and you have many things on your mind, will meditating for  an hour be the first thing on your mind? When you just had three  client meetings, finished two  reports and took care of your baby, can you actually muster enough willpower to start writing your book?

It could be difficult, and this is why it is important to develop ‘mini habits’.

What are mini habits?

Mini habits are those small things you do today that make a big difference in your life. They give your brain the bait to think “Oh, this is so easy. I can do that.”

Small changes do count, as long as you do them consistently.

3 mini habits you can do today

  1. 5-minute simple exercise

If you don’t have time for at least a 30-minute workout, you can do this 5-minute simple exercise at home, at the office or anywhere : Go up and down the stairs for 5 minutes DAILY

If you do this consistently for 21 days first, and then increase it to 10 minutes per day gradually, you will definitely see changes not only in your health, but also in your workout routines.

  1. Write 1 page a day

I’m trying to do this mini habit in preparation for my next book. So far, I’ve done 3 pages more than the intended 1 page per day. The key here is to get going. Trick your brain into thinking that one page can be written with ease.

If you’re not interested in writing a book, you can change this into a passion of your choice.

Write one line of a song a day.
Read one chapter of a book a day.
Choreograph a 10-second part of your dance.

Whatever it is, get started..

  1. Save P100 a month.

“Create this one habit, and you have a success. This is a foundation, a first step, to build on.

Then you can do a second, and a third, but you can’t do those without a first.

Forget all the challenges that you know.

If you want a foolproof plan that can help you actually save money—start with saving P100 a month. Save P100 a month and put it towards your emergency fund.

Some people scoff at P100 because nowadays, how far can your P100 actually take you? At the end of the year, P1,200 saved is still better than P0. And if you really love yourself, you won’t be contented with just P100 a month, right?

But just try P100 a month for 3 months. And then, make it P150 a month after and learn to do this consistently, too. Go higher as you please.

Don’t change your entire life. Just change this one little thing. You’d be amazed how much that matters. I was.” – Leo Babauta, ZenHabits

 

About the Contributor

Lianne Martha Maiquez Laroya writes to enlighten you and empower you to take charge of your finances. As a financial advisor, Lianne is also the founder of The Wise Living and Young Pinoy Millionaire, both websites dedicated to educate you on money management and early investing without boring you to tears. Get your FREE copy of her book, “OMG! Where Did Your Sweldo Go?” here. Questions? Connect with her on Twitter, email her at liannemarthamlaroya@gmail.com or message her at 0916-737-8741.

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