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Taking the first step

When we get started on a new habit, we're creating a neural pathway in our brain for a new habit, making it likely to succeed in something more involved later on. But be aware, the moment you think you "should" do more is the moment you introduce force and negotiation. So the moment it requires more motivation, you might fail.

The whole idea behind the better-than-nothing habit is that you only need to do a little consistently to become better than your previous self.

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