'Next Monday, I am going to start my exercise routine. I’m going to work out five days a week for one hour. I’m going to completely change my diet and make sure it’s completely clean with no processed food. I’m also going to make sure I drink eight, full glasses of water a day and meditate for at least 15 minutes a day. I might even add some yoga in the evening to relax.'
Believe it or not, I thought I could do this. But what I was really doing was setting myself up for complete failure! Because by the end of day two, I already let myself down. By day three, I gave up all together and thought, 'I will just start next Monday!'
Starting big doesn’t work.
Starting small does work.
I would have had a completely different outcome if I had just set the bar lower, like a lot lower! The power of starting small is it allows you to succeed. Success empowers us, it gives us confidence and motivation to keep making positive changes in our lives.
Starting small is also less overwhelming. Focusing on only one new habit a time, and working in smaller steps, is much easier to approach than trying to change everything at once. Yes, it may take a little longer to achieve your goal, but the likelihood of sticking with the new habit is so much higher.
So the bottom line is this, smaller goals build up our confidence, are less overwhelming, and are much more effective!
Earlier in the year, Pete and I talked about a great book called Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results, by Stephen Guise. I highly recommend it for anyone who is looking for making any kind of change in their life as it supports my approach of taking things one day at a time.
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Until Next Time,