Personal development blogger Stephen Guise offers a self-improvement program that promises to be “too small to fail.” A “mini habit” is a positive behavior that you perform in its smallest component until it becomes second nature. An exercise program becomes one push-up; a reading goal becomes one sentence. The willpower you need to succeed falls to zero. Guise guarantees that repetition and repeated success can turn any mini habit into a new lifelong pattern. His concept is beautiful in its simplicity. getAbstract recommends Guise’s advice to anyone who wants to make a positive change, even if you read just one sentence at a sitting.
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Stephen Guise, who started writing the Deep Existence blog in 2011, covers personal development strategies.
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7 months agoVery interesting and helpful. Thank you Stephen Guise and getAbstract team.
7 months agoNice Hints and it could be applied to the kids as well, not only adult. Thank for sharing.
2 years agoThis is a great read, it makes perfect sense.
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