Make New Habits Easy This New Year
Change sounds like a great idea on January 2nd, but after a few failed attempts and maybe even some wasted money, we find ourselves right back in the same old rut by the second or third week of January.
The problem is that we try to do too much too fast. Sean Covey said, "we become what repeatedly do." You have a much better chance to create lasting change if you focus on small habits, or tiny steps that move you in the right direction.
To change a habit it takes willpower, but willpower is a finite resource and can’t be relied on. Your willpower is weakened by what psychologists call, "decision fatigue." We make so many decisions all day, even though they may be simple, that we get worn down. This leaves us wide open to make bad decisions.
You may not realize it, but you make decisions from the moment you open your eyes: should you hit snooze or get up? The remainder of the day is one decision after another, nothing earth shattering, but decisions none-the-less; what to wear, should you get gas now or later, which task to do first, what to order for lunch?
Decision fatigue makes it hard to choose a salad instead of a cheeseburger. So how DO you take those tiny actions and create a new habit? You use the 20 Second rule!
Don't put yourself in the position to choose a salad or cheeseburger. Have the salad ready and immediately available when you get hungry.
Human nature makes us prone to what is easy. Once you identified a habit or tiny action you want to take, make it as easy as possible - that is the essence of the twenty second rule. Make the salad easyand the cheeseburger hard.
The 20 Second rule works in reverse as well. Take the batteries out of your TV remote and put them in a drawer around the corner. To watch TV you must get the batteries and put them back in the remote - I guarantee, you won't watch as much TV. Silly as it may seem, the disruption, the extra effort of having to obtain the batteries and put them in the remote, will redirect you.
It's been proven that we will do something less satisfying solely because it's easier. If we can lower barriers for positive activities, we can begin to form positive habits. If we raise barriers for negative activities, we can break those negative habits.
If you really want to make a change, this tool will work for you. The 20 Second rule is a simple but amazing way to help us create or break habits.