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The Way To Build Habits And Improve Yourself By 1% Every Day

Cultivating Habits

We often have many ideas and activities we want to do during the day, from waking up early, cooking, learning to play the guitar, reading books, self-studying foreign languages, to meditating…

So how can we accomplish what we want within the limited time each day?

We can achieve all these with the persistent habit of doing activities we want to do. And there are 2 books that can greatly support us in building habits:

1. Smaller Habits, Bigger Results – Mini habits

“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”.

From failing to establish the habit of exercising for 30 minutes every day, the author suddenly had the idea of doing one push-up a day, which revolutionized his life. From this strategy, he was able to habituate tasks he wanted, from reading 2-3 pages of a book every day to reading a few chapters a day.

“If motivation is your strategy, you can’t create habits.”

Developing habits from small, fail-proof habits is more reliable because it doesn’t rely on motivation – which comes from personal emotions and, as we know, emotions change constantly. Sometimes we feel extremely excited and work for hours without getting tired, but there are also times when we don’t want to do anything.

Therefore, relying on motivation to build habits will quickly fail. Building small habits, coming from confidence, and our readiness to do more, thereby building habits more durable and more successful.

2. Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results – Atomic Habits – James Clear

“If you can get 1 percent better each day for one year, you’ll end up thirty-seven times better by the time you’re done.12 Conversely, if you get 1 percent worse each day for one year, you’ll decline nearly down to zero.” – James Clear.

Progressing just 1% each day, though small, consistently brings us superiority in the long run. And progressing just 1% more is not too difficult to achieve.

Improving yourself even just 1% each day, though small, gives us more motivation and confidence than falling into the trap of comparing ourselves to others and making no progress.

“Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today.” – Jordan B. Peterson – sách “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos”.

Wishing everyone can build many good habits this year and improve themselves by 1% each day.

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