1) Make it so incredibly TINY, it’s too embarrassing NOT to do it! (Ex. Today I will complete ONE sit-up. You will likely end up doing a least a few more. Either way, this builds confidence and forces you to start moving in the right direction.)
2) Make sure it’s TIED to a larger goal that’s linked to your values and makes you a healthier, happier human. (Example, if I set a micro–goal to boil one egg, but I despise cooking and find no value in it, then it’s not the right micro–goal for me. But, if I’ve always wanted to learn to cook, yet never seem to find the time, then I’m on the right track.)
3) Do it at the right TIME. Do it before you check you Instagram, text your boyfriend, or eat breakfast. This way, you get it done before being bombarded with distractions AND you can reward yourself afterward with a muffin and a latte!
Just be a duck. Ok let me explain. Author Mike Dooley tells a duck story and I think of it often when I’m reluctant to take action on something.
When a mother duck wants to walk across the road and get to the pond, she doesn’t wait calmly until her ducklings all get into a perfect little line. Nor does she scream and yell and peck at them until they line up.
Nope. She just turns away from them, faces the direction she needs to go, and starts walking. Then guess what happens? The ducklings quickly scurry into a line and follow her across the road.
The same goes for life decisions and taking action. If we wait until everything magically aligns BEFORE we take any action, we will be waiting around forever. You’ve got to start moving. Here’s the good news, even small actions count.
Setting micro-goals is an ingenious trick to get you moving swiftly in the direction of your dreams! When faced with a daunting (macro) goal, many of us lack the confidence to begin, the persistence to continue, and the self-control to keep distractions at bay. Micro-goals provide the ideal brain hack for conquering all three of these issues. Go For It!