Starting a new venture should always assemble with a goal — that is what we are used to being told. It doesn’t matter whether you want to form a new habit, quit a nasty habit, or want to try new stuff, the first thing that you seek is your goals.
A strong mindset that setting a goal before starting anything unknown and unpredictable for us is crucial. However, most of the time people are overthinking their goals.
They make their goals to be extremely ambitious at the beginning until it is hard to sustain for the rest of their life.
“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” — Mario Andretti
Your goal is important to act as a desire that will motivate you to do something by taking action. However, the key elements that help you keep on running are your determination and your commitment.
The philosophy behind continuing or quit
In her talk, she shared she could stay to make running a habit by running 1 minute at a time, instead of setting a fully planned exercise schedule that made her quit.
Christine brought the concept that doing minor changes slowly is better than none. Even though you see that a 1-minute habit is extremely small, but until you do it day by day, you will find out that this habit will become an autopilot in your life — that means you will do this habit unconsciously.
Make small habits achievable
Christine was not only the person who supported small habits bring significant changes. The New Your Times bestselling author, James Clear, also brought his idea about the power of small habits as well, and further proof it with real data.
“Small changes often appear to make no difference until you cross a critical threshold. The most powerful outcomes of any compounding process are delayed. You need to be patient.” — James Clear.
People will always feel frustrating if they don’t see changes immediately and get the benefits from them. As a result, they quit. When you are doing a goal that is too hard to accomplish, you will feel discouraged, and that leads you to give up.
However, doing minor changes once in a time is easy for every person to start. Once you have done it every day, you will see the compounding effect.
Takeaway: People stay and continue an action when they can achieve it and get a positive response from it. People give up and quit because the outcomes do not satisfy them.
Small changes bring compounding outcomes
“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,” — James Clear
James Clear told this amazing statement in his book as well. According to the world-famous investor, Warren Buffett, the best investment is investing in yourself.
Building your habits is like a small investment of yourself — you invest a little of your effort every day and let it grow.
Invest your time in building habits
Similar to real investment, good habits will compound and bring a tremendous impact on your life as long as you pay your time patiently. Invest a lot of time to give your habits to grow because the outcomes can’t be seen overnight.
“Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement. Getting 1 percent better every day counts for a lot in the long-run.” — James Clear
Building small habits is like the story of water dripping on a huge rock. Rock is tough, and the magnitude of water droplets is so small that they can’t bring a great impact immediately at the beginning.
However, when time passed, the droplets compound their energy with the chemical around. They could now make the rock crack and split in half.
Takeaway: Make your habits your compounding assets that could help you be the better person you wish to be.
“Building” should be a consistent process
Building a habit is like building the foundation of a house. To make a habit powerful enough and bring positive outcomes, you need to be consistent while building your small habit. The habits will stack up day by day until it becomes a firm foundation in your life.
For instance, if you want to become a writer, setting a goal to publish a book in a year seems to be so hard to achieve. However, if you forget about this grand ambition, and focus on building a consistent habit of writing every day, this goal can be achieved without even notice.
If you can write at least 500 words per day, build it as a habit. After a year, you will have 180,000 words, — that is more words than the average length of novels.
Be patient while building habits
However, the goal that is mentioned above is only when you take writing as a habit and do it every day without skipping for 365 days. If you stop for a day or two, your goals may need more time to achieve.
Consistency of a habit is easy to achieve when you build your habit small instead of a huge one. Christine’s story shows you that a 1-minute running habit can be done daily even though you are busy; James explained that habits that are as small as tidying a bed or waking up 1 hour earlier could bring enormous effects to you.
The moment you build a strong fundamental of small habits, your self-identity will be changed, and self-identity is the key for a long-term run.
When you identify yourself as the person you want to be, you will do your best to think and act like it — that is the philosophy from Atomic Habits.
Takeaway: An action will not make you succeed unless you build it as a habit by doing it consistently.
Setting a grand ambition as a goal is extremely powerful to motivate you by pushing you out of your comfort zone and do something out of it.
You need to focus on small achievable goals to make them habits. Determination is the key to success and small achievable habits lead you slowly towards your objectives.