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The Four Hidden Habit Skills : zen habits

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It takes practice to get good at anything

It takes practice to get good at anything

Feedback is essential when you learn a new skill. However, when people learn the skill of 'creating new habits,' they think making mistakes is a sign of being a failure and showing an utter lack of discipline.

In reality, this is not true. No one mastered anything on their first few attempts — it takes practice to get good at anything.

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Committing to actually starting

Overcome your mind's resistance to get started by saying, "I'm all in. I'm going to start today." Then get moving. If you're not good at this, commit to making a small habit change this instant.

Many people want to learn a language or start exercising, but then don't take action. It is because they haven't really committed to getting started.

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Focus on starting

The skill to master is getting started. You don't have to exercise for half an hour; you only need to start.

Often, we're supposed to do a new habit, and we procrastinate, turn to distractions, and rationalize our resistance.

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Noticing rationalizations

Our minds are good at coming up with rationalizations, especially when we're procrastinating on something:

  • It's too hard.You don't need to suffer like this.
  • You deserve a break.You'll do it tomorrow.

The skill to master is to recognise this rationalization process in action. Be mindful of it. Once you become aware of it, come up with counterarguments for each rationalization.

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Constant re-adjustment

People fail to realise how important developing the habit skill is. They have a specific idea of what their habit will be like, and when it doesn't go according to plan, they feel guilty and think they're a failure.

Overcome this with a flexible mindset. If you forget to do the habit, adjust by coming up with reminders. If you procrastinate on social media block it until 5 p.m.

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