“A Journey of A Thousand Miles Must Begin With the First Step” –Lao Tzu
Have you been struggling to make certain habits stick…and you keep slipping? I'm not going to lie…I do…I have lots of little things that I'm not great at sticking to. How 'bout you?
Can you own up to those things you know you should do on a regular basis, will improve the quality of your life in many ways, but you just can't seem to make them stick?
It could be anything really — your diet, work, writing, exercising, monitoring your finances.
Come on … really, don't be shy.
We all have so much you want to do but really you just want to be dramatically happier and healthier. So you try to take dramatic steps towards achieving those goals. You think of the big splash you’ll make when you are MORE responsible, healthy and creative. But how well is that working? Are you sticking with those big starts and fits of action?
If not, consider taking a look at your goal at the micro-level.
If losing 5 pounds is what you want, think about all the things that you would have to be actively doing to achieve that goal. I mean everything.
List even the “smallest” things — eat meals slower, drink 8 glasses of water every day, add flax to my smoothies, get heart rate up every single day, eat 5 servings of vegetables, stop working at 6:30pm every night, go to bed by 10pm, stop eating after 6pm, reduce sugar in my diet…
The list could get overwhelming if you look at it all together.
So, this week, I'm going ask (beg) you to join me in practicing a more effective way to reach your goals.
A concept of change called Kaizen, which means small steps for continual improvement. You might even want to pick up the book I'm reading again for the 2nd or 3rd time called: One Small Step Can Change Your Life, The Kaizen Way.
Pick ONE SMALL STEP you can take starting today, maybe even right now. Keep it so small you almost think it can’t possibly make a dent in your habit. Now do that every single day for a week.
Here are a few examples of Kaizen in practice:
1. Set your alarm for 30 minutes earlier so you can get up and write.
2. Switch to Non-Fat Milk
3. Drink 1 less sip of coffee (I know…crazy)
4. Add 1 tbs of flax to your morning Green Smoothie.
5. Spend 2-3 minutes stretching in the evening while watching television or before you log onto your computer.
6. Each night record your expenses for the day.
Here’s mine for this week: Go through 1 area of my house each day and purge the paperwork that I don't need to keep – spending 5-10 minutes on 1 spot each day.
Now it's your turn. What small step can you take starting today? If you're feeling brave, leave a comment below sharing your first step!