Whenever we think about creating change in our lives, we look to do something big. We want to feel like we're 'actually' doing something.
While this ambitious, over-the-top approach sounds exciting, it's simply unsustainable! In fact, it is likely to result in you burning out and giving up.
As surprising as it may sound, effective change comes down to one super unsexy thing - consistency. Taking small steps daily. We know it doesn't sound cool. But it works!
Today if you order a salad instead of a burger, it seems like you're just missing out on life. If you workout instead of sleeping in, it seems like you're just putting yourself through pain for no reason. True, your one change doesn't matter very much at that point. However, here's the thing—habits compound. As days become weeks and weeks become months your choices and their consequences compound.
As James Clear, author of Atomic Habits says, " Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement. The same way that money multiplies through compound interest, the effects of your habits multiply as you repeat them. "
This isn't just theory - as you can see in the graph below: