Today I will write one sentence.
That is it. Just one sentence.
To create a habit, let’s say a habit of writing. You should develop a goal.
Sometimes smaller goals make more sense than larger goals. If I want to write, I will write one sentence. If I want to exercise, I will start with 10 push-ups. If I want to meditate, I will start with 5 minutes. If I want to start a habit, I will start small and build on that success.
I don’t want to try and build a habit by going big. If I wanted to workout and decide to run a 10k tomorrow, I would be sore the day after and would not be interested in running again for weeks. If I want to meditate and thought I would start with 30 minutes a day, I would find my internal roadblocks within a week. I would sabotage the habit I want to build because my “ask” is too big.
I also want to stop my practice before the joy disappears. I want to leave myself wanting more. Stop writing for the day while I am still enjoying it. Make sure my meditation is just long enough for me to benefit, but now too long that I get irritated. Exercise in a way that enables me to come back tomorrow.
Small changes that leave you feeling joy. That is the way to develop a new habit.