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Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results (Volume 1) Paperback – December 22, 2013
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On December 28, 2012, Stephen Guise started doing at least one push-up every day. It was his first mini habit. Two years later, Stephen's mini habits have him in peak physical condition, writing 4x as many words, and reading 10x more books.
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Mini habits gave me the key to unlock that cage.
I started simple, 1 push up a day. 1 minute walking outside. Read 1 page a day. 24 days have passed since I've started (I read the blog first of all, that's how I've learnt the concept). Everyday a success.
My 1 push up is still growing, but I've consistently do bonus reps. My "read 1 page a day" has resulted in completing 7 books in roughly 3 weeks. My 1 minute walk outside changed into me conquering my fear of darkness which has been with me my entire life. I go out twice now for two walks, and I run back from them. Once when it's still light and once in the dark. My fear of dark has completely gone, I feel like I'm a completely different person now. I'm proud of my self. And all this from just walking outside for 1 minute.
Mini habits will teach you what you need to know to get along with your brain, and leverage the power of habits. It'll tell you how to get there step by step. Understanding is key here, because it's easy to make a blunder, like increasing your requirements when they should stay "stupid small". The book has everything you need. It'll give you the science, and help you along your first steps. Once you know what you're doing, you'll have no trouble growing on your own.
Like they say: Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.
This book will teach you how to fish.
I purchased this book on January 4, 2014 and already have three minihabits in place. The book was written in a way that made it easy to comprehend and I finished in a day or two. Now I meet my minihabit requirement every day (1 push up, 5 strokes brushing my dog, read 2 pages of a book), but I usually surpass the requirements because they're so ridiculously simple, I'm doing more without even thinking about it, BUT I DON'T HAVE TO! That's the key! The habit of "taking that required action" every day is getting established. And it gets easier and easier as my mind is being "trained" in this direction. I'm also discovering that I'm more likely to do a "non scheduled" chore by suggesting to myself that I only have to do it for one minute.. and sure enough, I'm up and at it and usually end up completing the whole thing because I didn't go into it feeling the pressure I HAD to finish. I'm excited to see my life changing right before my eyes.
I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to improve the quality of his/her life. Great job Stephen!
Guise, however, didn't invent the Mini Habits approach. It has a respectable tradition in psychology. Esteemed psychologist Albert Ellis taught essentially the same technique, which he called "The Five-Minute Plan" (time-based Mini Habits), or "The Bits-and-Pieces Approach" (task-based Mini Habits). Popular Harvard instructor Tal Ben-Shahar, Ph.D., calls the approach "The Five-Minute Takeoff" and said that it's the single most important technique to emerge from research on procrastination. Finally, a generalized form of Mini Habits is known as Kaizen and is the core philosophy of Toyota Motor Corporation and many successful individuals.
Mini Habits can be made even more powerful if we track the "chain" or "streak" of days on which we complete all our Mini Habits. Our reluctance to break the chain forms a second level of motivation to help us establish our desired habits. This technique has been used and popularized by comedian Jerry Seinfeld.
In my enthusiasm for the Mini Habits approach I recently created a free iPhone app called "Mini Steps: End Procrastination, Build Good Habits." The app essentially combines Mini Habits with chains/streaks. Creating the app forced me to resolve any ambiguities in the technique and to make it totally usable and practical. I'd love to hear your feedback on the app.