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Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Guise
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Lasting Change For Early Quitters, Burnouts, The Unmotivated, And Everyone Else Too

When I decided to start exercising consistently 10 years ago, this is what actually happened: 
  • I tried "getting motivated." It worked sometimes.
  • I tried setting audacious big goals. I almost always failed them.
  • I tried to make changes last. They didn't.
Like most people who try to change and fail, I assumed that I was the problem.

Then one afternoon--after another failed attempt to get motivated to exercise--I (accidentally) started my first mini habit. I initially committed to do one push-up, and it turned into a full workout. I was shocked. This "stupid idea" wasn't supposed to work. I was shocked again when my success with this strategy continued for months (and to this day).

I had to consider that maybe I wasn't the problem in those 10 years of mediocre results. Maybe it was my prior strategies that were ineffective, despite being oft-repeated as "the way to change" in countless books and blogs.

My suspicions were correct.

Is There A Scientific Explanation For This?
As I sought understanding, I found a plethora of scientific studies that had answers, with nobody to interpret them correctly. Based on the science--which you'll find peppered throughout Mini Habits--we've been doing it all wrong.

You can succeed without the guilt, intimidation, and repeated failure associated with such strategies as "getting motivated," New Year's Resolutions, or even "just doing it." In fact, you need to stop using those strategies if they aren't giving you great results.

Most popular strategies don't work well because they require you to fight against your subconscious brain (a fight not easily won). It's only when you start playing by your brain's rules and taking your human limitations seriously--as mini habits show you how to do--that you can achieve lasting change.

What's A Mini Habit?
A mini habit is a very small positive behavior that you force yourself to do every day; its "too small to fail" nature makes it weightless, deceptively powerful, and a superior habit-building strategy. You will have no choice but to believe in yourself when you're always moving forward.

The barrier to the first step is so low that even depressed or "stuck" people can find early success and begin to reverse their lives right away. And if you think one push-up a day is too small to matter, I've got one heck of a story for you!

Aim For The First Step
They say when you aim for the moon, you'll land among the stars. Well, that doesn't make sense, as the moon is closer than the stars. I digress.

The message is that you should aim very high and even if you fall short, you'll still get somewhere. I've found the opposite to be true in regards to productivity and healthy behaviors. When you aim for the moon, you won't do anything because it's too far away. But when you aim for the step in front of you, you might keep going and reach the moon.

I've used the Mini Habits strategy to get into the best shape of my life, read 10x more books, and write 4x as many words. It started from requiring one push-up from myself every day. How ridiculous is that? Not so ridiculous when you consider the science of the brain, habits, and willpower.

The Mini Habits system works because it's how our brains are designed to change.

Note: This book isn't for eliminating bad habits (some principles could be useful for breaking habits). Mini Habits is a strategy to create permanent healthy habits in: exercise, writing, reading, thinking positively, meditating, drinking water, eating healthy foods, etc.

Lasting change won't happen until you take that first step into a strategy that works. Give Mini Habits a try. You won't look back.

About the Author

Stephen Guise, the author of "Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results," founded the award-winning* Deep Existence blog in 2011. He has been writing about personal growth since 2004. Since he started sharing his ideas with the world, his well-researched articles have been featured on some of the world's most popular websites, including: Lifehacker,, Tiny Buddha, Dumb Little Man, and Pick The Brain, among others. Fueled by his passion for personal growth and a penchant for in-depth research and analysis, Guise has developed an array of unconventional, result-driven ideas. In particular, his ideas of extreme willpower conservation, non-motivation-based action plans, multiple-cue habit formation, success-cycling, and "stupid small" steps form the unique foundation of his first-published--and second overall--book, "Mini Habits." *Deep Existence was voted the #1 personal development blog of 2012 by White Dove Books readers and staff over 22 other nominees.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 314 KB
  • Print Length: 127 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the book on habits I've been looking for 29 Aug. 2014
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I've tried building habits such as 100 sit-ups per day and 1.5 hours on the exercise bike, and with a lot of willpower, I've kept on track for weeks, then gave up.

What I love about this book as it really explains the benefits of starting 'stupid small' in creating a daily routine to built several habits at once, without burnout, overwhelm or much effort.

I tested the idea yesterday, I'd been procrastinating on a 1000 word blog post that I needed to get done. I tried writing for 5 minutes just to get started, then after the time was up, I had a surge of motivation to carry on.

It seems to me, that mini habits are a fool proof way to building habits and getting a routine going, so I will continue to test this out daily from now on.

When you read this book, for anyone who's trying to get a fitness routine going, you'll love the one push-up habit, I promise you!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars small is beautiful 24 Dec. 2013
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Excellent and simple techniques, and explanations, of how to develop habits and overall willpower. Not the book for someone looking to cease negative habits ( such as smoking, overheating etc), but very good for developing and establishing positive habits (exercising more, reading or writing more).

We'll written and easy to follow, if a little repetitive in parts. An important contribution to my future self-actualisation as it gets things moving, overcomes procrastination and is easy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good works well for me tried and tested. 22 Jan. 2015
Excellent it's been over a hundred days for me of habits so far. I read the book cover to cover before starting to implement the habits. Just checked my Habit phone app. It's actually been 110 days of pressups and daily reading and a couple of mini-habits so far and no failures brilliant. I now have 10 in total with 4 on automatic. They say 92% of people fail at their new years resolutions I can believe that. It's a simple idea explained very well and in depth I like that it gives it depth and understanding that helps you know how to make it work, work with your mind and not against it. I'm picking habits now to help my career which will convert nicely into a pay-rise exciting times ahead.
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4.0 out of 5 stars simple premise, powerful principle 8 Sept. 2014
By Zad
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Lots of filler material on some of the psychology of motivation so you probably don't need to buy this unless you enjoy that kind of stuff. However in essence, setting extremely small goals regardless of longer-term bigger goals is the key to being able to overcome resistance, take action irrespective of moods/energy levels, and set up the repetition routines necessary for behaviours to become habitual. Powerful stuff and sure to enter the motivational psychology hall of fame when it comes to effective strategies. The best strategies are often the simplest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 28 April 2014
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I first discovered Stephen from his article, How To Make Your Life An Adventure. I was instantly hooked, and taken in by his engaging and easy to read writing style. I'm typically drawn to creative and out-of-the-box thinking, and I felt I'd found that in Guise, so I decided to give his book a try. I am so glad I did.

Mini Habits is an amazing little self help book. The main idea it introduces is to break down your desired habits into small goals, then aim to achieve those goals on a daily basis so as to drill the behaviour into your subconscious.

If you're feeling stuck or unfulfilled, get this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this! 27 Jun. 2014
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Love this little book, makes a lot of sense and well worth a read if you need a bit of a push to do things!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This works 8 Sept. 2014
By James
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I am doing some writIng of my own and saw the book as background material, it proved to be so much more. It has an easy to read style and elevates the central idea of the mini habit to a potentially life changing place in your life. Many books promise, but this one really does deliver and the reason I recommend it is that I would feel guilty not doing so, it is that good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mini habits 28 Jun. 2014
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Great content, started putting it into practice before finishing the book. Stupidly small steps really work - want to floss every day? Small step would be to floss just top OR bottom set. If that proves too big, commit to the STUPIDLY small step of flossing ONE tooth each day.
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