One of my important goals is to develop the habit of writing daily. This is a scary goal for me to commit to because I’ve tried to develop a daily writing habit before, and failed. Those failures undermined my confidence that I can succeed.
Fear of failing almost ensured that I’d avoid similar future commitments. This has caused some cognitive dissonance, because while I don’t write daily, I also know I can.
Stephen Guise writes in Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results that mini habits double as training for believing in yourself. He advocates for developing mini habits because small behaviors/actions that require a lot less effort will lower resistance to trying.
A mini habit needs to be ridiculously small. It needs to be small enough so it can be done even on the worst days, the days when everything seems to work against the best laid plans, the days when doing even one more thing feels like a Herculean task.
Guise recommends starting with a goal of one mini habit and not more than three. The idea is to limit effort, which naturally limits time needed to do the necessary actions. Ridiculously small.
To support my goal of writing daily, I want to develop the mini habit of writing 50 words a day. That’s the least I can do.
When my daily writing produces something worth sharing here, I’ll post it.
Are you trying to incorporate some new behavior into your life? Leave a comment; I want to know what you want to do.