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May 13, 2019 07:08:58

Kinda Start™

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Brian Ball

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If you know you've been putting something off, like starting your exercise routine back up, changing your diet, or re-strengthening your relationships, don't start today.


Start yesterday, but "kinda" start.


Thanks for realizing the nature of this advice. I agree.


The second best thing is to take any pressure off your "new" program or commitment and shuffle about it today. If you want to get onto a morning fitness routine, go walk with your sister at sunrise -- since she's already doing it. Talk, dialog, discuss life. Don't focus on your level of fitness.

Want to change up your diet? Pick your healthiest favorite foods and go grab some from the market. No rush. No week-long menu plan, just handfuls of your favorites.


Take the walk. Make the food. Sit quietly as you remember what it's like to see somebody meditating.


But don't you start today. Let's only kinda start today. Let's put the real start off for a couple of days. Maybe tomorrow, maybe the day after.


You go on with the rest of your un-scheduled day. The routine you don't have doesn't matter. The habits you wish you had are available, but just not today.

But.. tomorrow. 

Tomorrow, you can remember: "Oh, well, I kinda started yesterday. I'll just do a little more like that."

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    @brianball In my previous life with a terrible diet, I'm trying to imagine what would have been my favorite "healthiest foods." I guess carrots and apples maybe? I am interested in the psychology behind changes in behavior like you describe. What causes people to shift? Is it better to go whole hog or dip your toe in the water with Kinda Start? Do you have to start with the end goal in mind or is it more important to just start and figure it all out as you go? I suppose there is no right answer. Different techniques work for different people. I can see that Kinda Start would work for some people who are having a hell of a time getting started.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 13, 2019 07:39:28
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      @brandonwilson - Forcing yourself may work -- if you have strong forcing muscles. But, resistance is constant like gravity. If you can side-step gravity a little, the getting started phase may be easier.

      Imagine an 8-year old boy vs. a 20-year veteran construction worker. They can both move a pile of bricks. Their approach will depend on strength and experience.

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | May 13, 2019 07:49:20
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