Creating mini-habits to Wealth
One of my challenges is that when I want stuff, I want it now. Making unachievable goals/lists/requirements of yourself can undermine your success because you constantly feel like you are behind, or failing and your self-esteem then takes a battering.
One of the best books I have read recently is ‘mini habits’ by Stephen Guise. This is the perfect way to slowly and easily change your normal habits without going into overwhelm and without giving up. It is purely by setting such a small goal that it would be ridiculous not to achieve it each day.
Example – I’m not a big fan of exercise. I know it’s good for me, but it takes time! You know how it is. I don’t have an hour to go to the gym each morning, or half an hour to go for a walk – so how about I leave it till the weekend. We have all done it right?
The mini goal I have set myself is to do one minute on the cross trainer every morning. Seriously, one minute and as long as I do that one minute, I have achieved my goal for the day. Guess what happens? I get on the cross trainer for one minute, and often, in fact most times, I figure I might as well finish the lap, 2.4 minutes, then I think – I’m so close I might as well get to 3 minutes, then sometimes I might as well get to the second lap – 5 minutes etc.
Now this doesn’t happen every time. Sometimes I do the minute and get off, happy that I have ticked off the goal. Talk about win/win. I can always find one minute. If I had made a 15-minute goal, I wouldn’t have lasted a week.
The same mini goals can be started with changes to your finances. Here are a few:
- I am going to change my shopping day to ‘Sunday’ each week.
- I am going to check the fridge before I go shopping and only buy what I need.
- I am going to do a plan of what meals we need each week and do a shopping list for those meals.
- I am going to make 3 meals instead of one on a Sunday night because I know I am always home late on Tuesday and Wednesday because of work/kid’s sport/etc.
I am going to make a little bit extra when I do dinner each night and pack it for my/our lunch. That will save so much money.
And that is only about food savings. Imagine what is possible in other areas of your life. When you learn to ‘focus’ on what you want and then set up mini wins, it becomes so much easier and before you know it, all those little ‘mini’ wins have cumulated into massive results.