I was on vacation in August and met someone over dinner on the train from Washington, DC. She is an activate flight attendant, with a major airline, and has been for 45 years. Quite the accomplishment!
That said, she had been trying to lose a few pounds for a number of years and hadn’t been able to achieve that goal. I shared a little about an approach with her I use when my goals stall out that doesn’t require or even welcome willpower over time. She looked a bit skeptical, but open.
I suggested that she start with a tiny action that is impossible not to accomplish.
As she was nodding in agreement, the server brought her two small bottles of wine. She eyed them sheepishly and said, “Okay, I can start taking one of your babysteps tomorrow to help me with my goal.”
“Or,” I suggested. “Why not leave one sip of wine in one of the bottles – that’s a step in the right direction.”
That’s just what she did. She took one action that was impossible to not to do. Completing any task, even teeny tiny ones, makes your brain release feel good chemicals – a wonderful incentive to take the next babystep and so on and so on.
Please experiment and report back.