The Key to Creating New Habits and Actually Sticking to Them

If it was easy, you would have already achieved the change you seek. Change comes from new habits, from acting as if, from experiencing the inevitable discomfort of becoming.
— Seth Godin

I just had to start this article with the above quote, because it explains so clearly why it’s important to take small steps whenever you’re making a change in your life.    

Creating new habits and making changes in your life is hard. Even when the changes you’re making are good and will make your life better, it’s still hard.

Most of the time our actions and thoughts are on autopilot. We do the same things and think the same types of thoughts because it’s easier. It’s what our brain knows how to do.

It’s hard to rewire your autopilot. That’s why it’s important to take only one small step at a time. Create one new habit at a time, and stick with that one habit until it becomes part of your autopilot. Then you can move on to the next new habit.

Now, if you’re really excited about making a lot of changes right now and living this amazing life you’re imagining, just remember this:

You can make one small change over the next two weeks to a month, and by next year have made significant progress once those small changes have added up.

Or,

You can try and make a bunch of changes all at once, fail, and one year from now be pretty much where you are right now.

It’s your choice. Which one will you take?