Another common temptation is to bite off more than you can chew. Don't try to integrate multiple new habits.
A habit is the result of intentional and deliberate action performed repeatedly, with purpose, until it becomes a standard behaviour. Before you can create a habit, you have to retain it as a reminder in your short-term memory.
Developing too many habits at once will muddy your success rate. Focus on just three, master them, then start on the next set of habits to develop.
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Take action, get going, and learn. It isn’t enough to get excited and buy the books and courses when you’re motivated. It’s about the action. You have to do things every day.
Keeping it simple and having a plan for your vision will help make this happen.
You have to design all of your learning so it fits around your daily routine. Don’t try and create a new way of living your life.
Make a change and design habits so they fit around your lifestyle.
Think: You need to build a bridge from where you are to where you want to be in one month, one year, and ten years. You aren’t hopping on a plane and flying straight there. The bridge is built with the blocks of new information and habits, and held together with the mortar of your daily life.
A more effective approach is to design with simplicity in mind.
For example, rather than deciding to read an entire book and implement what you’ve learnt from it, set yourself the simple goal of reading one article a week and really practicing its tenets deeply.
Take your learning in short bites. Focus on one thing at a time. Get it right, then move on to the next thing.
Because each step has been broken down, you’ll be able to easily identify any points of weakness. This is done by reassessing all nine steps on a regular basis.
The other gain around continuous reflection and re-design is the way it propels you through failure. For example, if you realise that you’ve missed your daily learning habit four days in a row, then break it into something smaller that’s more easily consumable. This stops you beating yourself up and stops you giving up.
“Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.”
As Marian Wright Edelman stated;
“You can’t be what you can’t see.”
Define your target for the month: visualise the specific skills and habits that will lead you towards that future.
Define the actions that will build those skills: visualise what it will look like within your day to day life and schedule.
New habits are very major life changes and should not be taken lightly. They require an enormous amount of discipline and mental energy to build, and you don't want to overwhelm yourself.
Only commit to one new habit at a time, and give yourself at least a one month buffer zone between new habits.
The first time we aim for a goal, follow a rule or make a decision, we are engaging in single loop learning.
If we question our approaches and make honest self-assessments, we shift into double loop learning. Here we assess our biases, question our mental models, and look for areas where we can improve.
Motivation does not happen to us. It is a muscle that we need to build. After an inspirational talk, we might feel motivated for a while but will fall back to our old routines.
What is lacking is a behaviour to put our knowledge in motion. In the beginning, we will hardly notice any progress. With practice and repetition, our brains will create patterns of learning. Eventually, the tasks that required a lot of effort will become effortless.
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