Tis the season that makes us think about what we want to do differently in the future.

A few years ago, my life was feeling incredibly packed and frenetic. 

I knew I needed to make some changes. 

I wanted to feel a sense of peace, calm and order. 

But every time I started to think about all of the big changes I needed to make, I started to feel overwhelmed. I felt paralyzed. There was so much to do, and I was already so busy. It all just felt… too… big. 

You may have heard the question: How do you eat an elephant? 

Answer: One bite at a time. 

But I was too overwhelmed to open my mouth! 

Then I discovered a very smart man named BJ Fogg. 

He’s a professor at Stanford who studies habit-change — the science of how human beings create and stick with new habits. 

Through BJ, I discovered a concept called Tiny Habits

The concept? 

Instead of tackling the biggest, scariest change first, start with the absolute smallest change you make. 

Like, ridiculously small. 

So small, you think, “Seriously? That’s almost… stupid.” 

Just one step. 

BJ says: Make a tiny change to your daily routine. Establish a new Tiny Habit. Prove to yourself you can do it. Then keep doing it. 

The pride and energy that you feel from that tiny success will fuel the next step in the process. 

I figured I’d give it a try, and I decided that my Tiny Habit was going to be: 

Taking three deep breaths every morning. 

That’s it. 

I committed to taking three deep breaths every morning, and I told myself, “I don’t have to change anything in my life else right now. Just three deep breaths. That’s it.” 

Committing to this new habit felt so good — and so easy! A little extra oxygen does wonders! 

It may seem silly, but I felt a surge of pride every single time I did it! 

These positive feelings spilled over into the rest of my morning, and the rest of my day. 

The momentum started flowing, and eventually, I felt ready to make some other changes. 

Like keeping up with my charts better. 

Eating more veggies and less sugar. 

Working out with a personal trainer. 

Holding interviews to bring new staff members onto my team. 

Tiny changes lead to new habits. 

New habits lead to new (and more positive) feelings. 

New feelings fuel more positive changes. 

So, the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, stuck, or frustrated with some aspect of your life, resist the temptation to (a) do nothing or (b) try to change everything, instantly. 

Instead, start tiny. 

Start with something so small & manageable, you are practically “guaranteed” to do great. 

Put one foot in front of the other. One small step! 

Ask yourself: 

“What’s the tiniest change I could make?” 

~ Dr. Sue