(And on any other writing platform…)

I’ve just reached the threshold of 5,000 monthly reads on Medium. This happened after my 2-year hiatus on Medium.
The increase in views and reads wasn’t gradual at all — there was a single tipping point, which generated most of the traffic. I can hardly attribute it to my efforts or wisdom. But I can attribute it to one secret factor hidden in plain sight — consistency.

Here goes what I discovered during the last three months of regularly publishing on Medium.

What I Did

I have over 450 articles published on Medium. My previous spur of publishing on Medium “coincided” with the…


Don’t hack your motivation. Cultivate it.

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First, you need to know your why. You don’t have to, but spiking your motivation makes the beginning so much easier.

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” — Jim Rohn

This carries a double meaning. Firstly, you need habits for the thing you want to keep doing. If you want to lose weight you need dietary and exercise habits. If you write a thesis you need research and writing habits. When an activity became habitual it takes much less workload — mental, physical, and spiritual — to perform it.

Secondly, you simply need habits…


Tested on tens of thousands of people

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You need to change yourself to change your life. The best tool for changing you are habits.

I’m reading now a book Tiny Habits and there is a great small habit which will be ideal for you. The author called it ‘the Maui habit.’

After you put your feet on the floor in the morning, immediately say this phrase:

“It’s going to be a great day.”

As you say these seven words, try to feel optimistic and positive.

Of course, there will be some days, when it will be hard to feel optimistic and positive. No problem. Try to feel…


Works for every area of life

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The easiest way to become aware of the performance of anything is to track it. To progress in any given area, simply begin to track the essential metrics.

You don’t have to decide that you’ll be mindful about it. Once you start tracking, you’ll put your attention into it, and it will happen automatically. Focus and results are just natural after-effects.

Towards the end of my weight loss quest, I decided to keep a food journal. I was just six pounds away from my dream weight, but I hadn’t progressed an ounce during the previous month.

Once I started to…


Aka: What habits can you practice in 15 minutes a day?

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Practically all. My only daily habit which is longer than 15 minutes is writing. However, I often break down those 30 minutes into a few writing sessions.

Everything else I practice on a daily basis — three gratitude diaries, exercises, meditation, journaling, daily readings, prayers, speed reading, studying the Bible, searching for new questions on Quora — I do in chunks smaller than 15 minutes.

In the case of habits, the length of activity doesn’t even come close to the consistency of the activity.

I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man…


And changing myself. And changing my life.

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My personal method of changing my habits is expansion. I mean, I focus on the development of new habits instead of changing the old ones.

We are limited creatures; certainly, I am. I have only so much time and energy, so much capacity to do habits. So, when I develop new habits there is less mind-space and time-space for my old habits.

Here it is, explained in detail by Charles Duhigg, and if you want to literally change a habit, it’s the best method in the world:

How Habits Work — Charles Duhigg

Why is it the best? Because it…


Preparation is half the productivity battle

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Just a few ways, huh? OK, I’ll do my best.

Every morning I repeat my personal mission statement. It helps me to narrow down my focus and find deep meaning in everyday trivia.

There are other methods to recall your why - looking at a vision board, reading your long-term plans, etc.

Well, having even a single priority for the day is as beneficial as having a wholesome plan, especially if you aren’t in much control of your schedule (kids, spouse, employer…).


Tracking, first and foremost. It has two main advantages:

Energy flows where your attention goes. The tracking focuses my attention on a specific habit. It works automagically.

I remember when I shed a few last additional pounds back in 2013. I didn’t change my routine at all. I simply started journaling what I consumed and this focus shift was enough.

When you have some written proof of your progress, you have something to reflect, review and improve upon. If you try to keep the data only in your mind, your mind will cheat you.


The science of habit development can make you successful — always!

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I don’t think you need to strengthen your resolve to turn something into a habit. You need to have resolved.

Let’s have a look at the definition of resolve:

firm determination to do something

And a couple of other definitions:

firm — having a solid, almost unyielding surface or structure.

determination — the quality of being determined; firmness of purpose.

If something is firm, it cannot be strengthened. It’s already unyielding.

So, with resolve, it’s like with being pregnant. Either you are or not. You don’t strengthen your pregnancy.

Yes, you need the moment of decision. Yes, you need to…


Investing money and time in yourself

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I‘ll spare you lofty declarations and focus on areas where really my money and time go. I’ll also answer this question from two angles: time-wise and money-wise.

MONEY

It struck me when I listened to an interview with Brian Tracy that people who invest in themselves got the better ROI possible. He recommends to spent 5% of your income on personal development. Suddenly, I realized I invest well over 10% of my gross income into that.

Mostly, because I pay a monthly fee for my mastermind. When I started in October 2017, the cost was over 15% of my income. …

Michał Stawicki

Authorpreneur. Progress fanatic. I help people change their lives… even if they don’t believe they can. I blog on http://ExpandBeyondYourself.com/

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