by Kathie England

Better Than Before – Day 24

What is the best time to begin a new habit?

Gretchen Rubin suggests that ANY beginning presents an important opportunity for habit formation “because a beginning allows two powerful elements to combine: novelty and habit.” (Novelty is especially valuable to those who have ADHD.) In this section of Better Than Before, Rubin “explores three strategies that take their power from new endeavors, new circumstances, and new ideas: First Steps, Clean Slate, and Lightning Bolt.”

Because I’m partial to small steps, I appreciate the quote she uses to introduce the topic of first steps. “What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step. It is always the same step, but you have to take it.” – Antoine De Saint-Exupery in Wind, Sand and Stars

The best time to begin is NOW and the most important step is the first step, though the first step is often the hardest one to take.

I invite you to watch this brief video on my website about small steps where I share ideas from Robert Maurer, PhD in his book One Small Step Can Change Your Life. (Scroll down a bit on the page to view the video titled How Small Steps Create Profound Change.)

Tomorrow I will continue to share about taking the first step. Watching the video provides a great foundation for this perspective.