“Once you take that first step, you have a bit of forward momentum. And it’s much easier to be consistent and stick with something for a long time.” – Leo Babauta

Habit change is usually at the core of any personal or professional development. At its simplest level, it’s simply the process of changing what is “normal” behavior for yourself.

Leo Babauta shares his process for changing his normal:

  1. Start small
  2. Get started
  3. Enjoy the change
  4. Stick to the change
  5. Adjust again

The most important idea is to focus on making the smallest change possible. Trying to make too big of a change will cause your mind to rebel and the habit change to stall before it really gets going. By keeping it small you give yourself the constant progress that will result in a new habit being developed.

  • http://livewithasmile.com/ The Smile Lady

    I find this to be the best approach. And sometimes, when starting a new habit, I’m so eager to do it that I have to refrain myself from doing “more”, knowing that if I do, I’ll just burn all my energy and then make it harder to keep up with. Instead, starting small gives you something else to look forward to as an added bonus.

  • http://www.thomasyates.net/ Thomas Yates

    Completely agree, changing habits is a fundamental for becoming successful in anything you want to achieve. I believe it was Aristotle that said

    “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

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