Keep the bar low

Which new habit do you want to start?

Often when I sit with people they tell me they want to start meditating, or start exercising and dieting, or some other healthy daily habit.

The conversation usually goes something like this, I want to get healthy, so I'm going to go the gym 6 days a week and do a keto diet and do intermittent fasting and... 

We tend to set the bar impossibly high, do it for two or three days and then get lost in a mountain of excuses (or beer and pizza).

I just lower the bar, perhaps just go for a walk around the block everyday? Perhaps just sit in silence for 5 min each day, not go on a 10 day silent retreat (I know someone that did this, and cracked after day 3).

Once the habit has formed, two or three weeks in, then add more.

Get skin in the game

Pierre