THE CONFIDENCE CHECK
You've identified your habits, you've got your strategy and you've armed yourself well.
Now: how confident are you of success with this change? Simply rate in the Ol' Confidence-ometer below:
1 - I am absolutely certain of failure.
2 - I'd like to say I'm confident, but I'm really not. I might do OK for a while, but I'm sure it will go wrong soon. It's unrealistic.
3 - I cant see it happening. Maybe one day, but I'm not ready for this.
4 - I think I could do it, but not totally confident of success
5 - I'm fairly confident I could succeed at this -- but I wouldn't be surprised if I buggered it up
6 - I'm fairly confident I can succeed at this -- in fact, I'd be pretty surprised if I buggered it up
7 - I have decent confidence that I can and will do this successfully. Would be really surprised if something got in my way.
8 - Whilst admitting it could go wrong -- I can't really see how. I'm motivated, I've really thought it through, I know I have the ability and I'm keen to start.
9 - I am as confident as any sane person could be, that I can and will succeed with this habit
10 - I am absolutely certain of success. Despite being aware of cognitive biases and errors humans are prone too, and the random things the universe could do to me, I am still absolutely certain of success with this endeavor.
If you don't believe it's going to happen, you will probably be right.
Fortunately, the opposite is also true -- a bit true anyway. You have to believe that this change for good is for good, if you don't -- your pesky brain will argue out of it. It will. Shrink the challenge until you're at a seven out of ten confidence level -- I don't care how small that is. I promise after one successful habit implementation your confidence will sky-rocket and the size of your habits can shoot up. This act, of learning to trust ourselves -- it's of absolute fundamental importance during all this habit madness.
Simply mark your current confidence level, if you're a six or less on this scale -- you better ease up on task difficulty or improve your plans. Confidence matters!