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21 Days to a More Disciplined Life: Day 9 (Break Your Goals Into Bite-Sized Pieces)

Making this a quick one because it’s later than I thought it was! We haven’t written down our goals and posted them, but we had a good discussion about them. So, I guess we get partial credit for yesterday’s exercise. Does that go against everything the book says about being more disciplined? ;-P

Today’s chapter suggests taking a goal or two and breaking them down into smaller, baby steps. She gives an example of losing five pounds in six weeks and breaking it down into goals like tracking calorie intake and finding an accountability partner. Her main point is to make sure that you’re not overwhelmed by your goal and breaking it down is the best way to do that.

The exercise for tomorrow is to take a larger goal and break it down into bite-sized pieces and create a plan of action for the next few weeks or months. Set up a weekly “appointment” with yourself to review and re-evaluate your goal and how things are going. Paine also suggests that if you are struggling and feeling overwhelmed with the goals that you have set for yourself, then you need to take a step back and re-evaluate; figure out if you need to give yourself more time or tweak the goals a little to make them more realistic.

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