Most people think that to change their lives, they need radical changes, “overnight life makeovers.”
If you’re one of them, let me tell you: nothing’s further from the truth than that stressing misconception.
The easiest and most effective way to change your life is by tackling the power of habits and the compound effect of small actions.
And that’s precisely what you’re going to learn here.
This post is for those of you who know deep in their hearts they need a change but are scared to take action for whatever reason.
It’s the post for you if you know deep in your heart that you need a change asap but have no idea how to get yourself to do it.
A hint before we start: you’re probably not taking action because a. you’re confused (you don’t know what to change or you don’t know where to start) or b. you’re overwhelmed because you know you need a full life makeover.
However, fear not. These are the two EASIEST ways to change your life, no matter how unmotivated, lazy, or overwhelmed you are right now.
The 2 easiest ways to change your life, no matter how unmotivated you are
Change something small
To start, make a short list of things you don’t like about your life.
It can be something major, of course, but for the purposes of this exercise, try to choose something small. It can be people, food, work-related.
Whatever pops into your head first.
You don’t have to make a huge list, either. One or two things will do.
Some common, relatively small things people may not like about their lives are:
- not getting enough sleep
- eating junk food
- spending too much time on their phone
- their home decor
Now the fun part.
Try to make this thing you don’t like measurable.
If you’re not getting enough sleep, how many hours a day are you getting?
Or if you’re eating a lot of junk food, how much is “a lot” for you?
If you’re eating five burgers a week and want to reduce your junk food consumption, a small and easy way to do it is eating four burgers next week, three the following one, and so on.
Some people argue it’s best to do this kind of thing is by stopping cold turkey. And although I agree, I think some people need to make slow, steady progress to be consistent.
If you’ve tried to change a bad habit overnight without results, try implementing small changes one at a time.
Try something different in small doses
For this one, make a small list of new things you’d like to try.
Maybe you want to:
- learn something new
- improve your skills
- read a book
- start journaling
Select whatever new thing you want to try, and dissect it into the smallest pieces you can.
If you want to start reading more books, you can dissect a book into pages and say the smallest step to read a whole book is reading one page.
Or, if you want to meditate, there’s no need to start by meditating one hour a day. Instead, you can meditate for one minute for three or four days and then increase the amount of time to two or three minutes.
Let’s say you want to learn something new and find an amazing YouTube channel about the topic. If learning new things makes you feel overwhelmed, try watching one of those videos a day until you start feeling more comfortable.
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If this is how you roll, do your thing at your own pace.
Don’t try to bite more than you can chew; you’ll end up frustrated, overwhelmed, and stressed out, and chances are you won’t make any progress if you feel that way.
Forget about radical changes if you feel unmotivated. Strive for small, steady improvements instead.
Still not convinced? Check out this amazing Ted Talk by Stephen Duneier, a man who broke world records and reached his goals by focusing for 10 minutes at a time.
Go for small, steady progress instead. You’ll gain more momentum with each passing day 🙂