Just over 3 months ago, I started doing sit-ups and press-ups to get fitter and instead of the random ‘whenever I feel like it ie hardly ever’ strategy I had previously used, I thought I’d do something different and do 1 more of each every day as this seemed achievable. I chose not to focus on the end result much further down the road, but simply the task ahead.
I started with 10 per day and just before Christmas, I reached 100 and felt better, both physically and psychologically as I’d set myself a goal and achieved it especially as to be honest at the beginning I didn’t think I would be able to. I took a break over the holiday and will be starting again today.
As the new year begins, many of us start with the best intentions but are often over-ambitious and don’t achieve what we want as we were not being realistic. Although choosing smaller steps may not seem as dramatic, they are usually far more effective in the longer term. The smaller and more achievable the step forward is, the greater the progress you make as you’re achieving more.
Less is more…
With my sit-ups and press-ups, I chose one more of each, but depending on what you want to achieve, it could of course be ‘one’ less. It just needs to be one small, manageable step forwards to where you want to be. The focus is on what you will do now and today as opposed to what you are going to achieve in the future.
So, with this in mind, what’s your ‘small step’ going to be?