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The 20-Second Rule Helps Reach Goals, Even If You’re Lazy


It’s usually easy at first when learning new skills and forming new habits which will help you achieve your goals. There’s this period called the honeymoon phase when the activity is still novel and exciting.

But to achieve your goals, you need to be committed. It’s necessary to consistently practice, but how do you stay motivated? How do you sustain when the going gets tough?

How the 20-Second Rule works

No sweat. YouTuber and entrepreneur Thomas Frank shares an incredibly effective technique called the 20-Second Rule that will help you stay consistent. Here’s how it works.

Lowering the barrier

The 20-Second Rule comes from Harvard happiness researcher Shawn Achor. In his book The Happiness Advantage:The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work, Achor shared that making his guitar more accessible made him practice more.

In fact, he didn’t need self-control to commit to regular guitar practice. By merely lowering the barrier to change by 20 seconds, it becomes easier to form any new habit or skill.