Start Small and Gain Momentum
Joe Piscatella, mentioned earlier in this book, shared his personal struggle to adopt heart-healthy habits. He said, at first he thought he had to do everything to the extreme right away—run an entire marathon, become a vegetarian, meditate every day—all within two weeks. He set unrealistic goals, and as you can imagine, he wasn’t successful.
He wrote, “Then, I realized that a different strategy might be more effective: small actions, repeated daily.” He started eating more vegetables at dinnertime. He worked on this until it was a daily dinner habit. Then he worked on eating more fish, and later he tackled portion control. He started with something small and built little successes upon little successes. These little successes became the foundation for his new and healthier life (Piscatella, 2010).
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