Have you made a financial or fitness resolution to meet this year?
Meeting a goal isn’t like buying something. You don’t have to shop around for it, and you can’t buy it anyway. It takes time, and a little bit of effort added up. The effort only seems like a lot, when you’ve reached the goal, but it’s small in the moment.
Start so small, you will crave doing more. The first effort will be so small that you don’t feel like bragging about it once complete, but this is okay. As the steps in Lifehacker point out, remaining positive and giving yourself a break is important. The point isn’t to run a marathon or save $1000 on the first attempt, it’s to create the new system that makes it possible for you to do one of those things. Start by doing 1-5 sit-ups or push ups, or walking for 5 minutes outside the first day. Or if you’re saving, put away $5 the first time.
Now that you’ve made time for change and aren’t discouraged by the amount of effort or money each attempt takes, just repeat until you’re good at it and ready to grow into bigger efforts. If you find you’re stopping altogether, scale back your effort to whatever level it takes to get started again, even if it’s smaller than where you started.