The most reliable way to change your life is by not trying to change your entire life.
If you try to change everything all at once, you’ll quickly find yourself pulled back into the same patterns as before. Why? The simple answer is that the inertia of your lifestyle is difficult to break.
But if you merely focus on changing one specific, sustainable habit and work on it until it becomes part of your normal day, you’ll notice changes in our life as a natural side effect.
Improve the whole by mastering one thing.
Let’s say you wanna start adding cardio to your daily routine. In your excitement, you might decide to go out for a 30-minute run 3-5 times a week. This seems doable at first, until the first day, when you realize that a 30-minute run is actually a 45-50 minute commitment. You’ve got to get your shoes on, go for your run, and then shower and get ready for your day when you get home. If you have kids at home, navigating this can be tricky, time-wise. Then, when you’re only able to get in a run once in a week, you might feel like you’ve failed and give up on the endeavor altogether.
Or let’s say you decide to go on a diet to lose some weight. Your solution – the ketogenic diet. After seeing progress during the first 8 weeks, you notice that your weight loss has flatlined for about a week. As a result, you question whether it’s working anymore and look the next diet to help you lose more weight.
In both these cases, if you’re looking for more of a quick fix rather than trying to built lasting new habits, you’re going to switch gears too soon to experience the benefits of consistency.
Another way to approach adding cardio into your day is to simply go for a 10-15 minute walk for the first month or so, and then to progress that by adding more time or changing up your pace. When it comes to food, instead of trying a whole new diet, consider either adding or subtracting one food from your lifestyle.
In both these examples, the suggestion is to choose an intervention that feels small enough to not be a big deal right away, but, with consistency, is impactful enough to lead to long-term progress.
You never know until you try. Begin somewhere.