As you learned in Behavior Basics, part 1, breaking big projects into small chunks and working in 25 minute sessions is a tested way to more easily work through big projects or seemingly difficult life changes.
The next piece of the puzzle for most of us is, where to actually begin.
Where in this room should I start decluttering?
Where do I start my journey to healthy eating?
Where is an easy place to begin a habit of going to the gym?
Where to I start this job search?
The answer to all of these questions…start EASY….the best place to begin is where you WILL begin. Let that soak in. The best place to begin is where you will begin.
Start with your sock drawer, look for healthy recipes, call two gyms to schedule tours, ask a friend to help you update your resume…small, easy steps.
If you still feel too overwhelmed to begin…look for an even easier place to begin…take a step back and wonder, “what’s the smallest, easy step I can take to actually move forward?”
Here's how this strategy has worked for me:
I began my PhD by getting clear on the application requirements.
I started to downsize from a big house to a small house by gathering cardboard boxes.
I started a meditation practice by attending my first group mediation class.
I started my own business by dumping my ideas onto poster paper.
These were the first steps that mades sense to me. I bet you have your own examples of times when you made a big change in your life by starting with a small step.