When deciding on big goals and listing out all the ways that you can accomplish them, you can get a feeling of accomplishment, that “yes I’m finally doing something”. If that is all that you do then all it is is a false sense of accomplishment. You didn’t actually do anything you set out to do other than put ink on paper.
Usually what you want to change is some sort of habit. Let’s just say the “healthy lifestyle habit”. Now there are so many ways for you to accomplish your new healthy lifestyle habit by giving you the 10 ways to improve your health, then presume to list a bunch of things like eat eggs for breakfast and journal what you eat. Now those are great and should do them butt what many people might not talk about is how difficult keeping a long term habit might be. If you were a lazybones or couch potato your whole life and all of a sudden you want this healthy lifestyle and jump right in, 99.99% will fail. What they don’t realize is creating habits is hard and changing them is even harder.
If you want real lasting change then instead of jumping right in and trying to change 5 or 10 different things at one time, do the smallest change possible and create a new habit. For example, if you want to get on this healthy lifestyle instead of going to the grocery store, buying a bunch of food and trying to meal prep when you’ve never done it is a recipe for disaster, especially if you can’t even cook! Instead pick something small that could make a difference,something like always carry a water bottle around with you for 2 straight weeks so you can drink more water. If you can do that then you can try and add something a little bit more challenging, like make yourself a few egg for breakfast every morning. Maybe the next thing is to just go to the gym, don’t even have an hour workout listed if you’ve never been. Have the goal be to just show up and walk on the treadmill for 5 mins. Once you have the habit you can start to build off of that.
For creating new habits its about making the smallest changes and being able to stick with them, because what’s the point if you go super hard on a list of 10 new habit changes and after that first week go right back to where you were before? That’s just a bunch of unnecessary stress you put on your body and will probably end up worse than when you started.
Pick the smallest habitual change you can do and stick to it for at least 2 weeks before trying to start a new habit. Let your body and mind get used to you trying to do some new stuff to it. That’s where slow and steady will win the race.
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