In my experience successful change is most likely to occur when we set micro goals – tiny steps that are almost impossible to fail at.
If we can implement micro goals consistently for a period of time they become the new normal, and before we know it we’ve turned things around.
Focusing on macro goals places pressure on the future state rather than the daily process, and therefore energy is harder to sustain.
This is something I’ve been practicing of late with great success – I’m currently spending just £2 per day on food (micro goal) in order to simplify my finances (macro goal).
I also agree with your point about accountability – an audience acts as your fuel when energy resources are low.