Tiny Steps, Big Changes
April 7, 2007 11:16pm CST
If you have failed in the past at trying to make big changes in your life, try again now, one tiny step at a time . Every year it's the same. As December comes to an end, you think about the new year and all the ways you want to improve your life. But as you start to write down your hopes for the new year, your think about last year. You excitedly wrote down all the changes you were going to make, but by the end of January those idea got lost in your crowded, hectic life. Here's suggestion: Forget the overreaching, hard-to-achieve goals. Just think small. "We have this extreme-makeover culture that thinks you've got to do everything in big steps, even though the evidence is overwhelming[that] it doesn't work," says psychologist Robert Maurer, who recently published One Small Step Can Change Your Life. "What we try to do is break down to a step so small that people couldn't possibly resist or have and excuse not to do it."