Is your small step working? – keep it
If it’s not working then – tweak it
Previously I asked can small steps really help? The answer was “of course!”
But, let’s check-in. Are you still taking that small step?
YES! It’s easy to do – maybe it’s time to add another small step.
Yes, but I have to work at it – keep going, it’s important to build that habit.
No, can’t seem to make it work – TWEAK it. It may not be a small enough step. It may not be early enough in the habit cycle to make the desired change possible. You could change the time of day, how often you commit to doing it, etc. Tweak it.
Last week I committed to 5 minutes of meditation and visualization. I had originally thought of taking 5 minutes first thing in the morning and making it a formal meditation session. Never got around to it. Instead I found that a few minutes of visualization while I was starting on the treadmill set the stage for a great workout. I also chose a short mantra that I could silently say along with a short breathing meditation whenever I needed a quick pick-me-up.
I needed to tweak my small step in order for it to work.
How can you tweak your small step?
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BOOKS about the power of small steps
The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Doto Get More of It
by Kelly McGonigal Ph.D.
Small Move, Big Change: Using Microresolutions to Transform Your Life Permanently
by Caroline L. Arnold
One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way
by Robert Maurer Ph.D.