Are You Ready?

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The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step - Lao Tzu

Our next challenge, Small Steps = Big Changes, powered by support from Humana will focus on the development of mini habits, which are small and achievable actions that build over time to help you reach your goals. Are you ready?


To begin, it’s helpful to understand the structure of habits, which can be broken down to 3 parts:

  • The cue or trigger – this is the part of the habit loop where you are triggered to take some sort of action through a cue in your internal or external environment.
  • The action – good or bad, this is the part of the habit loop where you act on the habit you want to adopt or drop.
  • The reward – this is part of the habit loop where your brain receives a reward for taking the desired activity.


When trying to change a behavior, the goals are often too large and unachievable. Mini habits require very little effort, are easy to accomplish, and you won’t feel overwhelmed because the expectations are realistic. Instead of eliminating bad habits, experts recommend replacing old habits with healthier behaviors that address your same needs.

During the next 10 days, we will be sending you ten examples of mini habits to try, like reading one page a day or doing a one-minute breathing exercise. At the end of the challenge, we will be asking you to commit to one mini habit for a period of 66 days - because that’s how long it takes for a new habit to stick. We will be checking in with you from time to time to see how you’re doing.

What will you focus on? Let us know in our Facebook group or in the discussion

Find this helpful? Use the social share links on this page to share it with a nurse you know and invite them to join the Small Steps = Big Changes, powered by support from Humana. 

Join us on day 1.


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Posted by Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN) on Jul 12, 2019 9:34 AM America/Chicago

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I want to to start incorporating healthy behaviors instead of destructive ones!
  • Posted Sun 21 Jul 2019 11:28 AM CDT
I'm ready!!!!
  • Posted Thu 18 Jul 2019 08:35 AM CDT
I am ready for a challenge
  • Posted Tue 16 Jul 2019 11:20 AM CDT
Like so many others, I need to make these changes and I am ready!
  • Posted Mon 15 Jul 2019 10:18 AM CDT
I actually have been working on this seriously for about 18 months.  I stopped eating beef and pork in 2010, just as a personal preference.  I have incorporated healthier eating and regular exercise into my daily routine.  I lost 46 lbs!  I seem to have hit a weight plateau, which I guess is normal for someone over 50.   I am now working to maintain my weight loss and exercise to tone my muscles. I have noticed many people who have done well and then revert to old habits and gain weight back....I do not want to be that person!
  • Posted Mon 15 Jul 2019 09:02 AM CDT
Ready for some changing!
  • Posted Mon 15 Jul 2019 08:43 AM CDT
I am ready for the Challenge!
  • Posted Mon 15 Jul 2019 08:15 AM CDT
Can't wait to start.
  • Posted Mon 15 Jul 2019 07:13 AM CDT
There are several  new habits I'd like to develop - where do I begin?
  • Posted Mon 15 Jul 2019 06:42 AM CDT
I am ready!
  • Posted Mon 15 Jul 2019 06:09 AM CDT

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