Are you currently at a place in your life where you are happy and content? Or have you had better times and are you looking to change things around? If you opted for the second answer, read and watch on, as the video by Mario Tomic and text below is sure to inspire you to do just that: change your life for the better.
The steps toward that better place are going to take time, energy, effort and above all, willpower. All of which are scarce resources. So how does one leverage them when there are all these different goals we want to achieve?
Mario Tomic on how to change your life for the better
The general research on motivation says that you can triple your chances of sticking to a task if you state clear intentions on when, where and what you are going to do towards these aforementioned goals. The study “Combining motivational and volitional interventions to promote exercise participation: protection motivation theory and implementation intentions” (link) showed that when people wrote down “During the next week, I will partake in at least 20 minutes of exercise on [DAY] at [TIME OF DAY] at/in [PLACE].” stuck to an exercise plan 90 plus percent of the time compared to groups that were just motivated or just tracking their progress.
However, there is one caveat to this study. It became clear that the principle of stating intentions only works for one goal at a time. If you try to apply the same principle over several different goals and try to pursue all of them at the same time the result was that none got achieved. This is one of the biggest pitfalls, as often times when we get that spark of motivation we opt to change (or at least try to change) a multitude of happiness distractors at the same time. Usually resulting in not achieving any of the set goals. This is exactly why you need to focus on changing one habit at a time.
One habit at a time
The majority of people underestimate the power of changing one habit at a time. They forget that our lives are nonlinear. Changing one thing can have an immense impact on the rest of the life. And just adopting 1 or 2 new healthy habits can cause a chain reaction where you whole life starts turning around. This if often referred to as the “Butterfly effect“.
Your brain wants to automate things. It wants to shift as many things as possible to the autopilot. Forging a habit takes time however. Some research says that on average it can take about 66 days for a new habit to form. In reality it can range anywhere from 5 days to over half a year, depending on the complexity of the new behavior. It is however not as hard you might think.
Never underestimate the power of a single, simple, good habit.
One step at a time
Start of small. Perhaps you are after a healthier lifestyle. Choose the stairs over the elevator. Stick to it and eventually add on to it. Why not switch those calorie filled Mars bars for an apple or a banana? Stay dedicated to that change. Before long you will have momentum on your side and start making huge strides towards that life you are after. Remember: habits are what make your life, day to day behaviors are the things that make you who you are.
The fastest way to achieve change in your life is to start gradually by picking one habit that you want to focus on changing. This will feel counter-intuitive at first, but stick to it. In today’s world where we’re so focused on “hacks” and “shortcuts” we often neglect the power of small changes. All while it is actually one of the most powerful concepts for success and ways to change your life.
Your life is a result of the choices you make. If you don’t like your life, it is time to start making better choices.