How To Develop Habits And Shape Your Life With 10 Minute Actions

Are you struggling to change your life? Do big goals feel too overwhelming? It's time for you to take charge with one small step at a time! By implementing these techniques for only ten minutes a day, you'll quickly gain the momentum you need to succeed.

Society can often pressure people to extremes. Get away from the “all or nothing” mentality, focus on your own potential, and learn to work at your own pace.

In this book, you will practice strategies to help you grow and build better habits, work towards achieving big life goals, and stick with the changes you want to make.

Little Steps To Big Achievement is the prefect lifestyle guide for readers who want to gain clarity, make daily life more consistent, get their lives together, develop healthy habits, and improve themselves.

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Excerpt from Little Steps To Big Achievement © Copyright 2023 D J Pinkney

The key to fulfilling our dreams lies in the little progress we make every day. Of course, the amount of steps we will have to take to achieve those goals will depend on the magnitude of the goal. If most people fail to achieve their goals, it’s not because life is unfair, or because they don’t have the right IQ. It’s because they fail to take the necessary small steps toward those goals.

The difference between people who are successful and those who are not isn’t luck, IQ, or privilege. It’s commitment. It’s true that there are people who have things easier than others, but that should never be an excuse to put down your weapons and give up fighting for your goals. Rather, it should fire you up and motivate you to keep moving forward.

Do you know what happens when we take it one step at a time? We get a sense of achievement and satisfaction. Our brain registers both big and small victories the same, so each accomplishment, regardless of how small it is, floods your body and mind with serotonin, the chemical in your brain that’s responsible for creating strong positive emotions and keeping you happy. It leaves you feeling better about yourself and boosts your self-confidence. And when you have self-confidence, nothing can stop you.

Let’s say you want to lose weight. To reach your target weight, you need to lose 10kg. Imagine you divide that big goal into smaller goals. For example, you decide to lose 1kg per week. This way, your current goal becomes easier and more achievable, preventing you from getting overwhelmed or exhausted by just the idea of a big scary goal.

Once you have a current goal that's small and manageable for you, you can set up the steps you need to take to achieve it. Maybe all you need to do to lose 1kg a week is to change what you eat. Maybe you just need to replace your sugar with a healthier sweetener like Stevia, or start by walking 5,000 steps per day. Whatever the goal, it’s now small enough to do without folding, and it gets you closer to your overall goal every day.

That’s the magic of small steps.

All changes, even the positive ones, are scary. That’s why when we attempt to reach our goals through revolutionary or radical means, we often fail. Those means overwhelm us and increase our fear. Small steps disarm the fear response in the brain, stimulating creative play and rational thought. They let you tiptoe past the amygdala toward the kind of life you want for yourself.

When I learned the power of small steps, I started to implement them in my life. I soon found out that doing the very same things for 10 minutes each day could have a big impact on my life. It could help me finally reach my goals. So, instead of trying to go to the gym for an hour a day, I started doing a 10-minute HIIT workout and went for 10-minute walks.

Within two weeks, I started seeing changes. I was getting way closer to my fitness goals than I ever had with my previous attempts. As I was looking at academic literature and journals to understand what was happening to me, I learned that we all naturally settle into a daily set of habits that make our comfort zones.

These comfort zones are resilient. They have the ability to rebuff our efforts to make changes in how we live, especially big changes. At the beginning of each year, we make resolutions; we plan to quit smoking, go on a diet, and lose weight. Then, in a few weeks, we are back to our habits.