May is almost here! Can you believe it? Only yesterday it seems we were making our New Year’s Resolutions and looking forward to making changes in our lives.
If you made resolutions, how are you going with those? If you haven’t made much progress then don’t feel too disheartened. You aren’t alone! A study from the University of Scranton showed that 92% of people don’t achieve their New Year goals.
I stopped making NY Resolutions a couple of years ago, because as research shows, I started off with great intentions and plans, only to have them fall by the wayside. Life and other excuses kept getting in the way – or so I told myself.
I’ve written before that quick fixes aren’t the answer.
We might as well face it – living a healthy lifestyle or working towards our goals mean LONGTERM LIFESTYLE CHANGES – A Life Plan.
So now we are into May and if you want to make changes in your life, but are struggling then why not join me for Microstepping in May!
It is easier than you think and will help you make the changes you want in life – in health, relationships and purpose.
Microstepping in May
What is Microstepping?
I came across the term Microstep in an article in Thrive Global. It was referring to a Microstep Month back in January and I thought “Why not do our own Microstepping in May?”.
Microstepping is something we can do at anytime not just in January for New Year Resolutions.
After reading the article I realised that Microsteps are another way to describe ‘Baby steps’ to change habits and achieve our goals. I love the term Micro – meaning small, Steps – meaning moving forward.
Research from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania shows that the idea of milestones such as New Year or perhaps a birthday or career change can be a catalyst for change. It is called the ‘fresh start affect’ which can show positive results which are “large in magnitude” and have “meaningful implications for individual and societal welfare.”
As James Clear, author of Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones explains, if you are having trouble with achieving your goals, the problem isn’t you it is your system. His ‘two-minute rule’ is all about working up to the goal rather than trying to achieve it all at once.
Stephen Guise, states in his book ‘Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results’ that he started his fitness journey with one pushup.
The idea is to start with a mini habit, a very small positive behavior that you force yourself to do every day; its “too small to fail” .
It is all about building on the small wins until eventually it becomes a positive habit. I recently wrote about Getting off Auto-Pilot & Taking back Control. Being more mindful of what we do and asking ourselves if it is good for us or if we need to remove it from our life.
Auto-pilot can be a positive thing if we are building habits for a healthier and happier lifestyle.
The Microstep in May Challenge
- Choose one thing that you want to change in your life. It can be anything – health, lifestyle, a goal you have been wanting to achieve.
- Take the Microstep challenge and break the change you want to make down to it’s simplist form.
- Join the FREE Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond – Let’s Thrive Facebook Group and actively check-in and comment on your progress.
Throughout May, I will be providing tips and insights into how we can all use Microstepping to create the life we want.