When I quit smoking, I did not taper off. I didn’t replace cigarettes with other sources of nicotine to lessen the blow. I did not form new habits (like chewing on toothpicks) to replace the old one.
I went to bed one day a smoker, and woke up the next a non-smoker. It was a very conscious decision, and not one that I was willing to pussyfoot around.
I think the same should be true of all the life changes we want to make.
Want to lose weight? Don’t make it your goal to walk 20 minutes a day three days per week. That’s baby-stepping it.
Join a gym. Go every day. Lift weights. Take a spin class. Sweat.
Want to eat healthier? Don’t substitute low-fat frozen garbage for the high-fat frozen garbage you’re currently eating. That’s the baby-step way.
Learn to cook instead. Throw out all the processed crap in your pantry and replace it with vegetables and whole grains and lean meat.
Want to build a better business? Don’t just map out a tentative plan or daydream about how life will be when you hit it big. Those are tiny actions.
Dive in. Take massive action. Email your list every day. Create a new product every month. Commit, and hold yourself accountable for making shit happen.
Look, there’s a school of thought that says lasting changes have to be made in tiny, incremental steps. To do otherwise is to resign yourself to almost certain failure.
I say bullshit to that. Life is too short to waste time taking baby steps.
You know what needs to be done, and there is absolutely no reason you cannot do it. Make your plan. Commit to the change. Then do the work. All of it.
You’re a grown up. Act like one.