Small Steps

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Elevate your health and life one small step at a time. Taking action gradually over time provides the greatest likelihood that a new habit will stick. Literally select action steps that are too small to fail.

I may identify a goal to walk on a treadmill for twenty minutes every day. However, I never do it for any length of time. An example of a small step that is too small to fail might be to stand on the treadmill once a day at the same time, for a week, without turning it on. On the first day, stand for only five seconds. Then step off. Then each day, gradually increase the standing time. And on the eighth day, stand on the treadmill, turn it on, and walk for five seconds. Each subsequent day, increase the walking time. Voila, a new habit has formed.

However, if still unable to take action on these very small steps, then it may be worth investigating if that particular goal is really one that is truly desired. There may be times when you feel stuck and are not moving forward with a goal. It is possible that the pre-stated goal is not appropriate. Or something is getting in the way. Work towards exposing these barriers. Based on the barrier identified for a specific situation, you can uncover reasons for the barrier, lessen or remove the barrier, or realize a more appropriate path towards success.

Just as a small flow of river water can produce large channels in the earth over time, small action steps can produce the same effect in your life. Each time we create a new habit, a new channel is created in the brain. The longer we practice, the bigger the channel.

You may be ready, willing, and able to take on bigger action steps immediately, and succeed, if mentally and emotionally ready to take the leap. There also may be times when a big action step is necessary. The choice is yours.