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Lower the Bar

Posted in Behavior, Change, General, Less is More, Lessons Unlearned, One minute unlearning, Paradox, Unlearning Lesson

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.

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