I read an article the other day about goal setting that really struck me.
it was written by Kristine Carter who has been coaching individuals and corporations on how to accomplish goals for decades. Since the pandemic, she has noticed her difficulty following her own advice about achieving goals. She wound up realizing that if we come to expect disappointment we can use it to our advantage and require ourselves only to do something so minuscule, that it would feel silly if we didn’t do it.
So basically, how she got back into running was to form the habit of running just one minute every day. She discovered that achieving our goals has less to do with will power and more a willingness to be bad at our desired behavior.
I noticed for myself that even though I am physically compromised in my upper body I still am able to walk with little difficulty. So the idea for me now is not to walk down the driveway and back up (about ½ mi), which is what I thought would get me back into some sort of aerobic shape, but, to simply walk to the lower garage (a distance of about 30 yds) and back every day. It seems stupid to think of my exercise regime is only walking to the garage and back. But, I do notice that it is something so simple and so minuscule that I can make a habit of it. And once it becomes a habit, doing what seems like nothing, the idea of walking the driveway could seem a logical progression. Making a habit of something so simple opens the door to greater possibility.
She says that if you want to go outside more, start by just opening your door, if you want to eat healthier just put one piece of lettuce on your sandwich. The trick is getting started and making it a habit.