For starters, aim to make the smallest slice of change that is consistent with your long term goal. For example, try introducing one serving of vegetables when you normally would have eaten none. This is much more doable than aiming to eat 4 servings per day if you currently eat only 1. Making small changes allows us to make more changes over time and to make big changes with less willpower. You'll feel less of a sense of a struggle and be motivated to make more changes in the future.
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Making a change to your eating or lifestyle can be tough because one change usually requires 5 steps (or more!), a fact that is often overlooked. The trick to overcoming the challenges is to know what those steps are and to tackle them one at a time. It sounds obvious, but without some practice, it is easy to forget how much work can go into changing.
Let's continue with the example of vegetables. Most people want to eat more vegetables and the goal of "eating more" sounds simple enough, right? But wait, this means buying vegetables, having a recipe in mind, preparing them, cooking them, and eating them. If any of these steps are not completed, the whole plan is at risk of failing.
- Is it getting to the store that's so tough?
- or is it that you buy vegetables you don't know how to prepare them?
- are you waiting to find the perfect recipe but never find the time to search for one?
Don't aim to be perfect all at once. Setting many small goals will give you many more jolts of motivation and more senses of accomplishments than one big goals. And who doesn't deserve more pats on the back!?
One last tip- willpower is finite so relying on it when it is in short supply can set you up to fail. We all have natural high and lows of energy during the day so plan to chose high energy times to tackle goals or face temptation.