Mini Habits

Mini-habits break down large change, into small incredibly easy things to do. The power of mini-habits is that it makes it a lot easier to start and allows you to build momentum, which makes it easier to take larger steps without the same amount of effort.

Instead of trying to focus on making large dramatic changes, the concept of Mini Habits recommends that you focus instead on Mini Habits – break down the habit into a smaller, very easily achievable task that is easy to follow. Once you build up momentum on the mini-habits, you can increase the quantum and proceed towards your goal.

Why do mini-habits work?

  • Mini-habits help overcome resistance: Our willpower is limited. Whenever we try something new, we have to overcome significant resistance. The larger the change, the greater the resistance.
  • The power of momentum: As you keep doing your mini-habit, it create a momentum of it’s own and your effort compounds into something larger.
  • You start to feel successful: Despite only doing something small, you start to feel good about getting something done (as compared to planning and failing earlier). This pushes you towards increasing your efforts.

How to implement mini-habits into your life?

  • Make your goals fail-proof small: Start at a level which is so small and easy that it is virtually impossible to fail.
  • Don’t try to overachieve: It is fine to push yourself once you have built up momentum, but initially don’t try to cheat and do more than what you have set out to do in your mini-goals.
  • Do it everyday: Since the goal is so easy and small, it should be easy to ensure that you do this every single day – no matter how tired or busy you may be.

Quotes on Mini Habits

Change quote by Sunil Saxena Momentum—no matter how small—is still momentum, and it will snowball and get bigger and bigger until you’re taking Massive Action without even thinking about it.

The basic concept is to break your actions down into the smallest incredibly easy thing you can do.

For example, if you’re struggling to get to the gym regularly and you set a goal of going to the gym four times a week, maybe your mini habit would be to show up at the gym and do one push-up. Something so incredibly simple it sounds stupid—but it works.

Sunil Saxena – Author – Massive Action equals Massive Results

Top Books on Mini-Habits

There are a number of books that discuss the power of adopting mini-habits to deliver bigger change. We have compiled some of the top books on the subject below.

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