The First Baby Step to Transform Your Life

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One thing I’ve noticed is how easy it is to listen to a podcast or attend a seminar, get pumped up and then attempt to overhaul your life completely. These are called “lightening bolt” moments as defined by Gretchen Rubin in Better than Before, and while some people might experience them, most people don’t…it’s a quality pretty much like going from 0 to 60 mph in under 3 seconds…not all cars have it…

So maybe, like most people, you’re not a Ferrari LaFerrari and you rely highly on their willpower to adopt changes, and willpower is a finite source.

Integrate the easiest habit first.

Let’s say you want to lose weight and read more books and drink more water and wake up early and have green smoothies and run three miles before the sun rises…

It’s already overwhelming.

*Reaching out for a cookie while signing into youtube*

Start with the reading because it’s super-easy. All you have to do is get a book, sit and read [and please, make it a book, not a tweet or a facebook post…the difference between a book and an FB post is like the difference between spinach and white chocolate; one has nutritious value for you while the other is a misnomer — it’s not even chocolate]. Your book can be on your smartphone — which is a modern extension to your hand anyway — in the form of a Kindle app book, iBook or audiobook.

The truth is, it doesn’t require much except your attention, and a tiny pocket of time. A lot of people think they need to empty your schedules, but I personally love reading during waiting times — at the doctor’s office or even at a slow-moving queue as long as you look up every once in a while to see if the line has moved. In my society, people call me lazy just because I’m not a big fan of doing house chores. I defend myself by saying, “I just love doing things that don’t require me to move; thinking, reading, writing, painting…”

The main benefit of integrating the easy habits first is it’ll motivate you to do more. It’ll help you overcome inertia and increase your self-confidence so you can attempt to do more with time, since after all, success breeds success.

Try reading for ten minutes everyday for the next seven days and let me know how it goes…you can tweet me @ahechoes

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Also, check out my short story collection, “All Bleeding Stops and Other Short Stories from the Kenyan Coast,” and the non-fiction book summarizing a lot of ideas in the personal development field if you want to change your life but don’t know where to start, “Mine your inner resources”.