Just one sentence

Today I will write one sentence.

That is it.  Just one sentence.

To create a habit, let’s say a habit of writing. You should develop a goal.

Sometimes smaller goals make more sense than larger goals.  If I want to write, I will write one sentence.  If I want to exercise, I will start with 10 push-ups.  If I want to meditate, I will start with 5 minutes.  If I want to start a habit, I will start small and build on that success.

I don’t want to try and build a habit by going big.  If I wanted to workout and decide to run a 10k tomorrow, I would be sore the day after and would not be interested in running again for weeks.  If I want to meditate and thought I would start with 30 minutes a day, I would find my internal roadblocks within a week.  I would sabotage the habit I want to build because my “ask” is too big.

I also want to stop my practice before the joy disappears.  I want to leave myself wanting more. Stop writing for the day while I am still enjoying it.  Make sure my meditation is just long enough for me to benefit, but now too long that I get irritated.  Exercise in a way that enables me to come back tomorrow.

Small changes that leave you feeling joy. That is the way to develop a new habit.

*Inspired by the work of James Clear the author of Atomic Habits

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One thought on “Just one sentence

  1. That is how I became a vegan in 1982. Another vegan who was born into a vegan family guided me through the process starting small with one vegan meal the first week and slowly adding more until a year later I was down to one meal with meat in it. Then no more meat, milk, cheese, white flour and a lot less sugar consumption.

    I also lost 50 pounds during that transition year and turned orange because of all the organic carrot juice I was drinking. In addition, I stopped having headaches, upset stomachs, joint pain, common colds, and the annual flu. I haven’t had a cold or the flu since 1982.

    Carrot juice is sweet so it must have been me using carrot juice to replace all the sugar I wasn’t consuming like in my old lifestyle. I went from 215 pounds down to 165 and then by the end of the second year I was up to 180 where I stayed for the next twenty-two years.. After I retired from teaching, I slowly gained ten more pounds but I also started to add slowly to my daily exercise routine from a half hour to almost two hours, so maybe what I added was more muscle than fat … hope.

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