eleven principles of habit theory
Small improvements make a big difference. Success comes from a series of small actions rather than a massive, once in a lifetime, intervention.
Developing good habits improves performance. They appear to make little difference on any given day, but their impact over time can be huge.
Breaking bad habits really helps too. Success is as much about recognising and changing bad habits than it is about forming new ones.
All habits are not created equal. Keystone habits have an amazing ripple effect that produces many more positive outcomes.
Knowing how habits work helps you change them. We're all slaves to neuroscience. So, understanding our 'Habit Loops' is half the battle!
Adopting better habits demands a system. It's no good just striving for goals, we need a system that creates better routines.
Keep it simple. You'll seriously harm your chances of forming a new habit if you make it too complex or demanding.
It's important to make a plan for when and where you will perform a new habit. Desire or motivation just isn't enough.
Outcomes are not immediate. That’s why many business leaders fall back into those bad ‘in the business’ habits that provide instant rewards.
Reward the new routine. As business leaders, we must create measures that provide a sense of achievement when we work on the business.
It's easier with a group. Don't do it alone. Bring your senior team with you and work together to develop new habits.