It is conventional wisdom that if you want to achieve your goals you need to “raise the bar” or “shoot for the stars.” This works in some cases but I believe a more effective method is to “lower the bar” and start easy.
For example, if you want to start a new exercise regimen try walking in place for just one minute a day.
Want to de-clutter your house? Don’t try to get rid of everything in one day, just de-clutter for 5 minutes every Saturday morning.
Give up alcohol? Attempt to stay sober today–or, as AA, says, “one day at a time.”
Not saving enough for retirement? Begin by putting away just $10 a month.
Bottom-line: Small steps can lead to big–and longer-lasting–behavioral changes.