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The second mistake

When it comes to building good habits and breaking bad habits, individual mistakes don't matter in the long-run; it's the second mistake that is far more important.

One mistake is just an outlier. Two mistakes represent the beginning of a pattern.

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We make the mistake of believing that sticking to good habits is an all-or-nothing game. For example: we assume that if we slip up on our diet, then we have ruined the whole thing.

These beliefs are incorrect, because consistency does not require perfection.

  • Put all of your energy toward starting the positive desired behavior.
  • Take motivation out of the equation and set a schedule for your behavior.
  • Eliminate the things that take you off track. Some emergencies can’t be avoided, but there are many daily distractions th...

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  1. Start with an incredibly small habit, one that is easy enough that you don't need motivation to do it
  2. Increase your habit in very small ways - start small and gradually improve
  3. As you build up, break habits into chunks

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Focus On Keystone Habits

Keystone habits lead to the development of multiple good habits. 

Exercise is a good example of this. Once you start to change your exercise habits, it sets off a chain reaction that changes other habits as well: you start feeling good about your body, you eat healthy foods, you proc...

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