SIMPLIFY + LOW-BALL
Big goals with unrealistic daily requirements put you one bad day away from failure, deflation, and a death spiral to defeat.
Simplify your goals. Break big goals down into the simplest possible action steps, especially ones that can be repeated.
Make them stupid-easy to pull off.
Low-ball your efforts. Take what you think you can do on a good day and replace it with what you can manage even on a so-so day.
For example, if you intend to work out 5 days a week, change your goal to 3 days. If you intend to write 1,000 words a day, make your minimum 500 words.
A series of small successes builds confidence and generates momentum.
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