Have you ever had the feeling that your goals often seem far from fulfilling or even impossible to achieve? If the answer is 'yes' then this summary of the book "Mini Habits" is made for you!
This feeling overwhelms our motivation causing us to give up our dreams and goals during life. After all, if we don't believe it, there's no reason to move on, is it?
Well, Stephen Guise shows us that ignorance about how our brains work may be resulting in the wrong and nonfunctional strategies.
Want to know how? So get ready to reshape your strategies and realize
your goals by reading this summary!
"Mini Habits" (2013) features simple, easy-to-maintain daily habits that gradually move you toward achieving your goals.
In this work, in 145 pages divided into 7 parts, Stephen Guise introduces you to the role of motivation and willpower, through small gestures that bring you out of inertia.
The book was considered the number one self-help in the US, Canada, and South Korea.
Stephen Guise is author, researcher and founder of Deep Existence. He graduated in finance in 2010 and specializes in habit formation and is the author of the number one self-help books in the US, Canada and South Korea.
People who believe they are unable or even guilty for failing to bring about lasting change in their lives.
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According to Stephen Guise, doing little every day is infinitely better than doing too much just a few days, because daily actions become habits acquired and useful for life. When we acquire healthy habits in crucial areas of our lives, we are likely to be engaged in others as well.
According to Stephen, habits automate our brain (and he loves it). This explains why when we develop healthy habits everything gets easier.
In this part of "Mini Habits", the author divides the brain into two parts: the conscious and the unconscious part. It explains how brain functioning acts on our behaviors.
The conscious part, composed of the prefrontal cortex, is how the brain deals with life situations, demands effort and energy but is important for administering automatisms and intervening when necessary.
The unconscious part, composed of the base nuclei, is effective, agile, detect patterns, and is responsible for the formation of habits. After all, if we had to weigh our decisions every moment, it would be extremely exhausting.
Finally, the author states that willpower and motivation are necessary elements only until habits have not been formed.
Many people spend a lifetime trying to motivate themselves to do something and become frustrated because they see it as a strategy rather than as a bonus.
Adopting motivation as the main strategy for forming a habit is not the best alternative, as there are countless factors that affect motivation and all that the essence is emotionally based. This makes you vulnerable to failure.
The lower the motivation, the greater willpower required to maintain the desired behavior for a long time. Consequently, it becomes unlikely to form such a habit.
The author states that lack of motivation after a while is both natural and positive, as it is a sign that behavioral command is being transferred to the core, making them more automated and reliable.
Willpower, unlike motivation, is reliable, can be strengthened, and like habits fit into schedules.
However, there are five causes of willpower exhaustion: effort, perceived difficulty, negative affect, subjective fatigue, and blood glucose index, and if overcome, we achieve success.
Forcing yourself to do one to four "ridiculously small" strategic actions each day gives you the feeling that willpower is unlimited, which allows you to perform many extra tasks.
In this part of "Mini Habits", Stephen Guise explains how to overcome each of the five obstacles of willpower, all overcome through mini habits, as taking the first step reduces the initial sense of overload, wear, and channeling the energy of form. as effective as possible.
Stephen Guise explains that the brain is resistant to change. This resistance focuses on two main moments: resistance before action and resistance to doing more.
Resistance before action is solved when we draw a very easy first action as we move toward our goals by lowering internal resistance.
Resistance to doing more is one that maybe after the first step, usually, the first step is enough to break it, but if this is not the case, take "one more first step" and it will be easily broken.
The brain resists big changes, mini habits just ask you to start and from there, everything flows naturally and with the lowest possible energy expenditure.
In this part, Stephen cites characteristics of mini habits that make them different when compared to other self-help books. These are the characteristics:
Stephen teaches through 8 parts how to apply the mini habits strategy to your daily practice.
Write down on a paper the habits you want to acquire in your life, surely the most important ones pop out of your mind!
2 to 3 habits are ideal for starting step 1. The author gives you 3 plans to follow, choose the one that best suits your reality:
An important tip is: make your mini habits ridiculously small and if you are still resisting them, reduce them more and more.
Example: If your mini habit is to drink 1 glass of water a day and you still resist, set the goal of filling the glass with water or even taking the glass. Accept the mini requirement as a complete goal, and you will succeed daily in reaching your goals.
Before following, make sure you have completed step 1:
Celebrate small achievements! They validate the strategy adopted and with that, you are inspired to be increasingly successful.
Do not create high expectations inhabits;
Success is meeting the minimum imposed.
Finally, apply mini habits to all walks of life and you will achieve achievements once thought unreachable!
In "The Power of Habit" Charles Duhigg makes it clear that while the process of habit change is simple to explain, it does not mean that it is easy to perform. It is not difficult to suggest that smoking, alcoholism and binge eating can be resolved effortlessly.
In "The Golden Book of Leadership" John C. Maxwell argues that we need to develop self-awareness to become true leaders. It will illuminate the habits and behaviors that lead us to overcome obstacles.
Finally, in "Focused Work" author Cal Newport argues that, in almost every profession, keeping work focused provides enormous benefits, including personal life. He then presents the four rules for accomplishing this work and then making them into habit.
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