"You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr
Sometimes in life, we become overwhelmed. Whether you're trying to make a change with work, family, or life in general. Feeling overwhelmed is suffocating, like there’s an elephant on your chest and you can't breath. When you can’t breath, it’s hard to do anything, especially start something new. Even when this new thing is good for you and could potentially change your life in so many ways.
For the last few weeks, I have covered some great topics around ADHD and self-care. We have talked about strategies and ideas on managing sleep, medication, mindfulness, and the list goes on. All of these topics are important and I believe they are all connected. For example, 30 minutes of exercise everyday can lead to better night’s sleep.
However, I also realize when I take a step back and look at all of the topics covered, it’s a bit overwhelming! You can’t possibility do everything at once. All of these strategies take effort and for them to really stick they need to become habits.
Building new habits in your life is anything but easy! And that’s why I’m here to help.
I came across a book titled, Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results, by Stephen Guise, that I think has a great approach to getting started. The idea of the book is exactly what the title suggests, start small, really small, to get results. His example throughout the book is one push-up. If your goal is to exercise for 30 minutes, then start with one push-up and build up from there. The idea is to start with something so small you cannot fail. You can do it every day and if you can’t do it every day, then go even smaller.
This one push-up can turn into two. This one push-up is one step forward. This one push-up a day takes you to a place where you were stuck, to a place where you taking action.
I absolutely love this philosophy. One of my favorite quotes from the book is, “Mini habits have made me feel unstoppable - prior to starting mini habits, I felt unstartable.”
Wow, what a powerful statement! Too often the getting started is the hardest part. With this strategy, it doesn’t have to be. How great would it be to feel unstoppable!
On the podcast this week, I asked listeners to find their one push-up. Not one push-up for every topic, that’s too much. Just one thing they can do every day to get them closer to where they want to go. I’m asking the same of you.
What is your one push-up?
I would love to hear what people come up with, please share with the community. I think often times people don’t know what to do and to hear what others are doing can be really helpful. Post a comment or give us a call at 503-644-4ADD.
Until Next Time,