Spring is just about here, and we have a hunch that some of your most promising New Year鈥檚 resolutions may have fallen by the wayside by now. (We鈥檙e just as guilty!) It happens to the best of us 鈥 forming healthy new habits can seem seriously impossible sometimes! But how about giving it another go? To give you the BEST chance of success, we chatted with author Stephen Guise, who wrote Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results. If you have as much as a minute free each day to follow his advice, you鈥檒l be well on your way to making your resolutions stick the second time around.


1. Start small.

It鈥檚 almost shocking, but 20 seconds a day is all it takes to form a habit. Stephen says, 鈥淐onsistency over time is the key to success. I recommend that people think of a normal goal, like getting in shape, and then minimize that into a related behavior that is 鈥榯oo small to fail.鈥欌 In fact, he told us that doing just one push-up per day was the first 鈥渕ini habit鈥 he pursued 鈥 eventually turning it into a full gym habit. Is it your dream to write a book? Begin by writing a few sentences a day. Really want to be a runner? Start with making your way around the block each morning 鈥 WITHOUT immediately pushing yourself to do more.


2. Schedule your habit into your life.

Once you figure out what your mini habit will be, all you have to do is decide where it will fit into your life. 鈥淥ne of the fastest and easiest ways to incorporate a new habit is to attach it to an existing habit, or to schedule it at a particular time,鈥 Stephen advises. 鈥淭ry a 鈥榦nce-per-day鈥 option, which is where you require yourself to complete the behavior any time before bedtime, but you choose when.鈥 We bet that kind of flexibility will work for pretty much anyone.

3. Stay the course.

Stephen stresses tracking your progress, whether you do it with a calendar, app or something else that works for you. Tracking, he says, 鈥渨ill keep you mindful of the habit you鈥檙e building, hold you accountable and encourage you to keep the winning streak alive.鈥 Practicing mindfulness, accountability and encouragement are essential ways to stay focused on developing your new habit and meeting your big goal 鈥 and as Stephen reminds us, 鈥渕arking your progress every day accomplishes all three.鈥 YES.

4. Don鈥檛 beat yourself up.

While the time to officially reach your goal will depend on you and your mini habit, know that by staying the course, you WILL get there. 鈥淲hen your habit attempt involves a very easy behavior that takes less than 20 seconds, such as drinking a glass of water or doing one push-up, it will become a true habit faster,鈥 Stephen says. 鈥淚f you attempt something like 100 push-ups a day, not only will it be far more difficult to be consistent, but it will also take much longer for the habit to form, even if you manage to be consistent.鈥 So start small, be consistent, let the habit form and then build from that solid foundation.

And if you miss a single day? Don鈥檛 give up! Studies show that progress won鈥檛 be ruined because the mind looks for patterns. A small slip-up isn鈥檛 enough to derail all of the work you鈥檝e put in, so long as you get back on course and continue to trend in the right direction. Phew!


You鈥檒l know you鈥檙e on the right track when you鈥檙e excited about your mini-habit and your behaviors are more automatic, even becoming part of your identity. How wonderful will it be to introduce yourself as a runner, writer or whatever you hope to become? Don鈥檛 lose sight of your end goal. You鈥檝e got this!

What habits are you hoping to form? What鈥檚 your biggest goal for 2016? Talk to us @BritandCo!

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