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.

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Posted by Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN) on Jul 12, 2019 10:57 AM America/Chicago

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