Micro-transformations are small changes, small steps towards your goal. It’s very difficult to fail. Every day you will be making some small progress towards a big change, without even noticing it. Because you know you can do it you’ll be more motivated to do it. At the end of the day you feel more positive having achieved what you intended to achieve, you’ve made a positive change. This builds your self-discipline, your self-belief, you become motivated because you’re succeeding, you’re increasing your confidence in your ability to change. All the reasons you failed at achieving big goals are reversed and become reasons why micro-transformations work. You’ll notice after a week, a month, a year, two years, that you will have made huge changes, your progress will have been enormous!
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Your brain has an amazing network of brain cells, called neurons, all connected to each other. These connections between neurons form pathways, communication channels in the brain. These pathways are how the brain’s different areas communicate with each other. From a scientific standpoint, habits are simply neural pathways that are regularly activated (i.e. strong neural connections are formed).
If every morning for the last 10 years, you have set your alarm to wake up at 7am and then snoozed for another 20 minutes before getting out of bed, you will have a strong neural pathway to tell you to do that exact routine tomorrow, the next day and every day after that. It will have all started with you doing it once and then repeating it.
Micro-transformations focus on introducing one new small change and repeating it until it becomes a good habit. This strengthens new neural pathways. Because neural pathways operate like muscles they get stronger with use and weaker when neglected. Changing a habit is nothing more than simultaneously weakening one pathway by not using it and strengthening another (perhaps new) pathway by regular use.
Seeing your habits in this way helps you form an accurate mental image of what’s really happening in your brain while you’re trying to change.
Many people who make resolutions or set out to change believe they can do so overnight or in a short amount of time. Generally, this won’t work and it’s clear why not. If it’s a bad habit you’ve strengthened over many years, you can’t just drop it. Your brain has been well-trained to execute that habit when triggered by the environment or an internal thought. Likewise if you want to become a different person (more successful, slim, wealthy, and attractive) and try to do it all at once it’s too hard to introduce all the necessary changes in one go.
This is why micro-transformations are so effective, you introduce one small positive change at a time and then strengthen it by doing it repeatedly and methodically over a period of time until it is part of your daily life, just like how you would build your biceps.
Do you constantly make resolutions, but hardly ever meet your goals?
When you first attempt to lose weight, make more money, or meet your dream partner, do you start with eagerness and determination only to lose momentum because you don’t have the self-discipline to continue?
Assuming this is the case, you are not the only one — about 95 percent of resolutions end in disappointment.
What also happens is that every year when you make New Year’s Resolutions you will tend to follow the same pattern, resulting in failed resolutions year after year. Years later you have the same resolutions because you still haven’t lost that weight, achieved the success you desire, found your ideal partner or improved your lifestyle as you intended to. You can’t remember ever achieving any goal you set out to achieve at the start of the year.
So why are you not meeting your goals?
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