Big change can be easy if the change happens over night

posted by Jonathan Frei On Wednesday, October 21, 2009
I want to start getting up at six. I did it this morning, but I want to do it every morning.

The conventional wisdom says that baby steps are the best. Break down your big goal into manageable action items. Forget it. Radical change has to be more like ripping off a band-aid.

However, keep it to one big change at a time, or you may go into shock.

What big change can I make overnight? Nothing. I got up early today, but I'll start my big change again tomorrow in the morning by getting up at six.

This is the wake up time goal I've been setting for my self for weeks now, but I haven't made much progress. I've told my self that I'll work at 6:30 a.m. for a few weeks to get the hang of it. But I just kept resetting my alarm.

I made the excuse that I didn't have enough time to get much done between 6:30 a.m. and the time I have to start getting ready for my day, so I chose to sleep in instead. Starting tomorrow though, this big change is happening. Not in pieces, not step by step, but all at once.
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