Why This Matters:
Working to improve nutrition, exercise regularly, or prioritize sleep can feel like and endless slog. Even if you make progress, sooner or later the thought creeps in, "Am I really going to do this forever?"
What You Can Do:
One potential strategy to help move past the "forever barrier" is to look for milestones to celebrate along the way. Milestones help you to break a long journey into multiple shorter ones by providing some finish lines and marks of tangible progress.
For instance, if you're trying to build the habit of regular walking, you could celebrate any of the following:
- Walked 5 days in a row
- Walked with another person
- Walked in the rain
- Walked 10 hours (100 hours) total
- Walked 29 miles total (the distance from Boulder to Denver)
- Walked 4 days in a week for 4 consecutive weeks
- Wore out a pair of shoes
- Insert your own, you get the idea...
Pick some milestones, write them down, then cross them off as you hit them. Celebrate them with friends or family. When you've run out, pick some new ones. (For more on milestones, see the Power of Moments book below.)
Have a wonderful week,
Dr. Topher Fox
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P.P.S. Below are the pictures from my exam room wall which we are exploring for this email series.