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Take Things One Step At A Time
When most runners set a goal, it’s something ambitious, like finishing a marathon, becoming a vegetarian, finishing a race under a certain time goal, losing a certain amount of weight, etc. Being the ambitious, sometimes OCD personality runners are known for, we jump right into that goal and try to make a big, drastic change right away.
Personally, I think that’s the problem with New Year’s resolutions. They have this all-or-nothing connotation about how you’re supposed to approach effecting change in yourself. However, making a drastic change to your habits and routines is difficult to sustain and it’s a frequent reason resolutions typically fail.
A better approach is to breakdown your goal into a manageable, step-by-step process.
As an example, if you want to become a vegetarian you shouldn’t try to stop eating all meat on January 1. Instead, you should start by eliminating four-legged animals from your diet for a month or two. That’s a pretty easy change since it leaves chicken and fish and it allows you to gradually adapt to the new lifestyle. After another month or so, whenever you’re comfortable, eliminate two-legged animals from your diet. Continue the process until you’ve met your goal of becoming a vegetarian.
By breaking down your goal into a slow, step-by-step process you’ve effected major change to yourself in a matter of a few months but because of the gradual nature, you likely didn’t even recognize the difference in your routine.