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Habits: How to Create Big Change with Small Actions

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The power of small actions shouldn’t be overlooked. Changing a habit or even your mindset may seem like an overwhelming task. The desire to adjust can create a sense of urgency, adding the unnecessary pressure of instant results. Unlike apps and tech devices, human beings have to adapt to new ways of thinking and behaving (which takes a bit more time to update than a gadget).

Habits don’t show up overnight; making it vital to recognize that most behaviors and thinking patterns are changed the same way they started - one act or thought at a time.

Consider the habit you’d like to change or establish. Knowing what to change and why is half the battle. Start to consider patterns of behavior and thinking that limit you or are no longer profitable. Many find themselves hindered simply by doing something that once worked in the past but may not be helpful in the present moment. Discovering what needs to change is the first step.

Quality Over Quantity. Whether you are adding a new habit or changing an old one, focusing on a few patterns at a time may yield best results. Make a list of all the habits you’d like to change, then choose to focus on one or two based on priority. As you adapt and are strengthened in these areas start to consider more.

Remove and Replace. It is good practice to decide the thoughts and behaviors that will replace old habits. Quite often, people revert back to behaviors and thoughts not because they want to but because they think there are no other options. Remember to remove and replace with healthy alternatives that get you to your goal.

Celebrate. As you see change, celebrate it. This is not only a way to stay motivated it also creates a sense of gratitude from progress. Too often, many complain about characteristics they don’t like yet fail to show appreciation for those they do desire. Remember to celebrate the change you see.


Practice! Repetition is key. Consider the steps above and put them into practice. Be sure to journal your experience.


This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.


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