Updated: Nov 18, 2022
"When choosing a new habit, many people seem to ask themselves, "What can I do on my best days?"
The trick is to ask, "What can I stick to even on my worst days?"
Start small. Master the art of showing up. Scale up when you have the time, energy, and interest."
This quote from James Clear's newsletter highlights something that everyone struggles with.
How many times have you told yourself you're going to go to the gym five days per week for an hour? How long before you fell off the wagon because of a few days that you were too tired or busy?
Most people overcommit when building a new habit. The rationale is to do as much as possible to get the fastest results.
The problem is that, as most of us know, motivation doesn't last very long. We make our plan based on what we can realistically accomplish on our good days. But what about the not-so-good days?
One solution that's helped many people is to make the smallest possible commitment and stick to it religiously. Instead of hitting the gym for an hour, your new habit can be doing 10 push-ups and 20 squats per day. That's it.
On the days when you're feeling good, you'll most likely do more than that. On busy days, you're less likely to skip the workout because it's such a ridiculously short time commitment.
The point is that by starting small, you reduce a ton of friction that usually prevents you from continuing your habit on a daily basis. Once you've been consistent enough to make the habit part of your routine, you can scale up and optimize.
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