Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Set the Bar Low

I'm currently reading another Gretchen Rubin book, Happier at Home. She writes a lot about creating good habits and goals for maintaining those new habits based on who you are as a person, rather than what the Internet says is the best/only way to do xyz.

I passed this quote, as she was figuring out how to attack clutter at home:
My instinct to be methodical was very strong, but in the end, I decided to tackle clutter opportunistically. I didn't want this to be a one-time exercise, helpful for a brief time, until the clutter crept back in (as it always does). Instead, I wanted to train myself to use this approach for the rest of my life. For that, I'd have to set the bar low.
Now, in theory, setting the bar low sounds pessimistic and patronizing.

But in reality, setting the bar low is something I think we need to do more. 

If we take a good hard look at ourselves,
we'll see that we're pretty stuck in our ways,
and huge drastic changes in our habits are jarring.

A lot of the time, we'll bail as soon as we can.

We participate in so many 30-day challenges,

get skinny quick plans for upcoming weddings, vacations, whatever.
Cleanses, purges, re-sets, blah blah blah.

And then assume we'll just carry on when the pressure is over.

But, uh.


I'm learning that it's slowest

but easiest
to make small changes
a little bit at a time.

It's kinda tying back into my "give yourself time" post.
We're just so bad at finding a normal routine for changing ourselves

when we're so set in our routines for staying the same
or falling even further away from ourselves.

So anyway, set the bar low.
Embrace a small, manageable positive change.
And other changes will start to fall into place.

-C McG

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