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Forming Habits - Nerdful Mind #5

February 17, 2020 by Simon Mannes

Last week, my introduction was about how small steps can create significant results. But also that these changes need time.

It is difficult for most humans to change their behavior at will. That is because most things we do daily runs on automatic mode. Changing our behavior means getting something out of this automatic mode. And then doing it consciously as often as it takes to put the new action back into automatic mode.

This is hard. But I have a small “hack” for you to make this easier: start flossing! Seriously. Charles Duhigg outlines this in his book “The Power of Habit.” He calls this concept “keystone habits”:

Keystone habits are “small changes or habits that people introduce into their routines that unintentionally carry over into other aspects of their lives.”

It is hard to change everything you do at once. But one tiny thing daily can compound into significant changes over the years. Flossing is just the start and makes it easier for you to add new habits over time, with each new habit being more natural to add to your life.

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Have a great week

Simon

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