- Paperback: 126 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (22 Dec. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1494882272
- ISBN-13: 978-1494882273
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.7 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 87 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results: Volume 1 Paperback – 22 Dec 2013
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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, Problogger.net, 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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Mini Habits are different. They’re too small for failure.
There’s lots of repetition, which is slightly irritating until towards the end of the book the when the author hints as to why. As the author often says, you start with ridiculously small habits, the reoccuring examples are one pushup a day and writing 50 works a day, because it gets you into the habit, making it easier to do more. But you only have to achieve the small habbit you set out to do. That’s what success looks like. So you can’t fail.
The book was recommended to me by my good friend Tom Bool. Soon after I started reading the book I started walking everyday right around the park. This took a good 30 minutes or more. Will power failed me some days. Now I make sure I walk for 15 minutes every day. Most days I do more as I walk to work. If I don’t walk to work I do 15 minutes or more in the park.
In addition to this my habits are drinking a pint of water a day and reading two pages of a book a day. Everyday I drink more than a pint of water and my incentive is that I don’t have a cup of tea until I’ve drunk my pint. I’m finding reading is enough reward in itself and I’m usually reading more than two pages a day. But if I haven’t found the time to read, I know I can read two pages just before bed.
I wish I’d read this book when I was still responsible for sales calls, because I could have done one a day which would be much easier than the 10 I’d often try and I could have been a success every day.
The premise is simple: start your habits stupidly small, like doing one press-up a day, and gradually build from there over the weeks and months until the habit is fully solidified in your brain. After all, it’s more beneficial to do three sit-ups a day, every day, for an entire year, than it is to do 50 sit-ups every now and then, at random moments throughout each month. And that’s the beauty of mini-habits: they work to make the habit permanent, so that the act of doing a sit-up (regardless of how many) is ingrained in you.
Once you go beyond that, you’re able to do 50 or 60 sit-ups a day, if that’s the goal, and you won’t feel any different than when you only did one or two a day.
Anyway, the book is only a short one but Guise goes into detail about his mini-habit theory and explains how and why it works, and the many aspects of daily life it can be applied to. I’ve used mini-habits for a long time now and it's helped me integrate so many new positive habits into my life.
So check out the book and start building better habits immediately.
I used to hate exercise, I now exercise every day. But there are many other things I now do that I have put off for years that have impacted me in all areas of life. Whether it's housework, diet, replying to mundane emails at work and even keeping in touch with my friends. The principles behind this book are crazy good, yet utterly simple.
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Easy book to read and makes a change from the usual goal setting books.