Top tip for new habits #5: Be sustainable


‘A journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step’ – Lao Tzu

I watched a great TED talk about habits this week. In it, the speaker says ‘small changes = sustainable.’ Here ‘sustainable’ means something that will last a long time.

For example:

The idea to learn 500 words a week is very nice, but it is not sustainable. It is not possible to learn that much every week. It is unrealistic. Very soon you will probably want to give up.

However, the idea to learn five words a day is sustainable. It is very possible to learn that many words every day. Plus, you will want to keep the habit. OK it seems small, but let’s do some maths:

5 words a day means 30 words in six days. Revision is a part of being ‘sustainable’ so I would recommend day 7 is a day of revision. 30 words a week = 1560 words a year.

From my point of view, that is A LOT. PLUS, because you have been sustainable and you’ve revised the words, these words will stay with you for a very long time.

How cool is that!

(Answer: Very cool)

When you are thinking about your new habit, think about your goal, then think about how you can make it smaller. Make it small and you can make it possible. They say ‘a journey of 1000 miles starts with a single step.’ One step doesn’t look very big, but it takes you to your goal in the end.

Maybe it’s frustrating sometimes, but that’s OK. That’s just part of the practice.

Be patient, be kind, be sustainable and keep going. Form small habits and the big changes will happen. Believe me, they will.

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