5 Scientific Ways to Build Habits That Stick
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” Sobering words from Aristotle, and an astute reminder that success doesn’t come overnight. On the contrary, it’s discipline that gets you from Point A to the often elusive Point B. In our day-to-day lives, habits can often be tough to build, as there are plenty of distractions that can lead us off the “straight and narrow” and right back to our old ways. To alleviate some of those troubles we can examine some academic research on motivation, discipline, and habit building, and break down their findings into actionable steps that any aspiring habit-builder can put into place. 1. In a fascinating study on motivation, researchers found abstract thinking to be an effective method to help with discipline. The answer is to create what I call “micro quotas” and “macro goals.” 2. Creating sticky habits is far easier when we make use of our current routines, instead of trying to fight them. 3. 4. 5. The solution?
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