Posted: 17 Oct 2011 02:47 PM PDT
Post written by Leo Babauta.
After last week’s article on How I Changed My Life, In Four Lines, I had many people ask the same question:
Yes, I would recommend you focus on one change at a time. Here’s why.
So do one change at a time, for at least a month. Six weeks is better. Then you can focus on one more change, and so on. That’ll be about six to eight changes a year — changes that will stick. They will last much, much longer than ones that you apply thinner focus to.
What you’ll find is that this is enough. These little changes will really add up over time, and you’ll end up with major changes in your life after a year or two.
This method is effective. I’ve used it for six years to great success, and many of my readers have too. Most people use the less effective method of multi-changing, and fail to stick with things, and blame it on their “lack of discipline”. No, it’s just a less effective method than single-changing.
Patience is tough. We are geared to wanting lots of changes right now, and waiting seems too hard. We want instant gratification, because television and marketing has taught us that this is best. It isn’t. Waiting and doing things slowly is much more satisfying, I promise.
And most of us will read advice like this and say, “No, this doesn’t apply to me. I can do better than most people.” And maybe that’s true. My advice applies to people who have had trouble changing their lives. Those who are good at it might not need to follow the single-changing method. But most of us should do one change at a time.
Try it, and see what happens. I dare you.
|You are subscribed to email updates from zenhabits |
To stop receiving these emails, you may unsubscribe now.
|Email delivery powered by Google|
|Google Inc., 20 West Kinzie, Chicago IL USA 60610|