10 Small Habits That Have A Huge Return On Life – Darius Foroux
Warren Buffett likes to say that The chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken. Billion-dollar industries have been built on convincing you that it’s easy to make big changes or to get a lot wiser and better. But it honestly isn’t. It’s hard work.
I’ve been experiencing the effects of habits, consistency and compounding frist hand. For the past 4 months I consistently did 50 push-ups a day almost every day. Afther those four months three things have changed:
- I no longer need to remember to do 50 push-ups.
- I can see the effects of the training by the size of my arms
- I can easily do over 25 push-ups in one go and I regularly hit 60 or more pushups.
Goals help us make leaps. Habits help us get a little bit better every day.
they say past returns don’t represent future returns but…past is generally a good indicator of the future.
you can safely predict your future capacity to execute a plan by your past capacity. If you plan to go to the gym every day, and previously you kept the habit of a daily exercise, it’s probably not an unreasonable belief that you can do it again.
If you need to tackle a challenging, yet unfamiliar goal, I recommend starting at 20% and moving upward. Figure out what you feel you could reasonably accomplish, cut it down severely and then slowly increase it as you get used to the habit. Some examples: Writing. Think you can do 1000 words a day? Make it 200 the first week, 250 the next, etc. Exercise. Think you can do an hour a day at the gym? Start with 15 minutes. Reading. Want to read a book a week? Try reading 5 pages a day. Language learning. Start with a twenty minute lesson, once a week.
Start slow and build up as you get more comfortable.
Today I’m sharing excellent conversation between Jonathan Fields and Charles Duhigg author of The Power of Habit.
It’s a fascinating interview about science behind habits, elements required to form one and how to change them.