Through the work of B.F. Skinner and Operant Conditioning theory (1983), we’ve learnt that behaviour is more likely to be repeated if you positively reward yourself for doing it. If you want to change something in your life or form a new habit, then reward yourself for doing it. No matter how small the behaviour is, if you reward yourself for it then it will be more easily repeated next time.
Francis Bacon was an English scientist who believed that all knowledge should come from sensory experience, not just theoretical judgements. We too, could apply this thinking to our own lives, and seek to test and learn to make sure we are living our lives in the best way possible.
You have a dream or a goal that you’re working towards; then life happens. You suddenly become busy, obstacles get in the way, work is long, your home life is hectic. When this happens it’s always easy for your standards to slip. But…you can always do something; anything. It doesn’t matter how big or small, brilliant or awful, just keep up that momentum.
What is it that you want to do? Write, sing, act, dance? Well do you have a regular practice where you do these things? If no, then how on Earth do you expect to become who you want to become? You’ve got to get started on the path!
How did Will Smith learn to follow through on big jobs? And what do brick walls and elephants have to do with it? Learn this simple concept to help you break down your mammoth tasks and not get overwhelmed.
Don’t try to set one big goal, instead set many smaller ones, with shorter deadlines that you can actually achieve.
Change always seems like such a big thing, but it doesn’t have to be. Introducing…the 1% rule.
When we have too many choices, it becomes hard to make any choice at all. We become overwhelmed and end up not making up our minds. The solution? To just make a decision, any decision and stick with it.
We’ve all been there; we’ve said something we shouldn’t have, we’ve said too much, we’ve spoken over people and not let others speak. Speak less, listen more. It’s hard to do. But if we can learn to talk less we can be better people.