Here is a secret way to succeed at laughing every day (or any other good habit that you would like to create). Here is how it works:
Get a big wall calendar that has a whole year on one page and hang it on a prominent wall (get an easy to print 2011 calendar here).
Next you need to get a big red magic marker.
Each day that you do the task you have decided to do (e.g. laugh on your own for the duration of your choice) put a big red X over that day.
After a few days you’ll have a chain.
Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day.
You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain.
This method works because it isn’t the one-shot pushes that get us where we want to go, it is the consistent daily action that builds extraordinary outcomes. You may have heard “inch by inch anything’s a cinch.”
Inch by inch does work if you can move an inch every day.
Daily action builds habits. It gives you practice and will make you an expert in a short time.
If you don’t break the chain, you’ll start to spot opportunities you otherwise wouldn’t. Small improvements accumulate into large improvements rapidly because daily action provides “compounding interest.”
Skipping one day makes it easier to skip the next.
Think for a moment about what action would make the most profound impact on your life if you worked it every day. That is the action we recommend you put on your calendar.
Start today and earn your big red X. And from here on out…
Don’t break the chain!