40% of what we do each day are habit-based actions, according to the smarty-pants at Duke University. Here's a great article about building new habits, the kind of habits that lead to better health and more success.
Here's what it breaks down to: Stop setting huge goals! Yes, I would love to do a hundred push ups by 2016, but setting that goal is fitness suicide. Here's a goal: 10 push ups daily for two weeks. I can do that, and have been doing that (that's not me in the picture, by the way! I'm not to the knuckle-pushup stage yet)
Start small! Set the goal so that it's a no-brainer. James Clear says setting smaller goals and following through with those goals will build the willpower and motivation to continue adding to those goals, and before you know it, you've established a new habit. Yep, that makes sense to me.
I've just scratched the surface. Check out the article here
Todd Herman, a performance coach for athletes and executives, has the same advice. He was featured on Ryan Moran's Freedom Fast Lane Podcast, and his research concluded that the furthest out we can attach an emotion to a goal is 90 days.
"The psychological and neurological reason behind setting 90 day goals is that it is the ‘horizon’ line, and reaches as far out as you can see. This allows a tangible taste of what could impact my ‘today.’"
Take your outcome goal and create performance goals over a two week period. What are specific actions you can take over the next two weeks to chip away at your outcome goal? It was a great interview you can listen to here
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