Changing your habits are hard. Most people never get started because the thought is overwhelming. Often, when people are trying to start a new healthy habit, or stop an unhealthy one, they look at the end goal and they feel like they will never get there.

So why even get started?

Changing your habits is a process. And you must understand that it will not be perfect. That’s ok.

If you need to lose 30 pounds, start with the first.

If you want to start an exercise program, walk on the treadmill while you watch your favorite TV show.

If you want to stop smoking 12 cigarettes each day, go down to 10.

If you want to practice mindfulness, don’t start with a goal of 30 minutes. Start with 2 minutes while you brush your teeth.

If you want “eat better” you don’t have to clear out your kitchen of junk food and start a strict diet. Start by making a better choice for dinner today.

If you want to start taking yoga, begin with holding a pose for 1 minute every morning once you wake up, not a 60 minute class.

Like water cutting through a canyon, consistency over time will result in change.

Habit stacking is just that. Small changes over time, that’ll result in positive experiences that’ll keep you moving forward towards your goals.

It’s the same way you would eat an elephant. One bite at a time.

What have you been putting off starting because it seems too daunting and overwhelming?

Start small, start today.

But remember, it will not be perfect.