Start small for BIG improvements

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How often have you told yourself that you were going to make a change in your life, and then two months later you’re back where you started? All of us have the experience of wanting to do something different. But, translating that desire into sustainable change is a challenge.

If you really want to make a lasting change, the key is to start small. Really, really small. If you want to start exercising, don’t try to go out running for 20 minutes. Instead, resolve to put on your running shoes every day. You don’t even have to commit to going on a run—as long as you get in the habit of putting on the shoes, the running will follow. This principle holds for almost any change: simply figure out the smallest step you can take, and take that step consistently.

So how do you apply this idea to dancing? Force yourself to dance just one push break during the day. This tip sounds silly, but it works. No matter how busy your day is, you have time to dance one push break. Once you’ve done that, it’s much easier to keep going. The trick is to give yourself the opportunity to keep going. The best way to give yourself that opportunity is to make your initial step so small, so stupidly easy to do, that it becomes almost absurd not to do it.

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