If you knew nothing about math, would you start with a calculus class?
If you were totally new to football, would you declare eligibility for the NFL draft?
If you’d never driven a car, would you seek out a Formula 1 seat?
You’d probably start with the basics.
To bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to be.
Intuitively, we know that we need to crawl before we can walk.
Yet, when it comes to health and fitness, we don’t like to do this.
We love grand gestures of change.
We stop eating all meat.
Perhaps all plants.
Eat only once per day.
Weigh, measure, and track every gram.
Skipping the basics, straight to the advanced.
We rarely ask ourselves, “Is this my first step?”
We often bite off more than we can chew.
We end up frustrated, overwhelmed, and unsure what to do next.
What if we’d started with the basics?
Explored what might be more suitable first steps?
Is it meat that’s problematic, or only processed meat, or what we eat along with it?
Are all plants making us feel bad, or only specific plants or cooking methods?
What if, rather than drop to one meal a day, we took out one snack?
These small steps forward aren’t sexy.
They aren’t exciting.
They aren’t a post-worthy or shareable.
But often they’re all we really need.
They’re often more sustainable.
That isn’t to say big steps don’t have their place.
Or that you might not actually do really well with drastic measures.
Only that they might not be the most effective place to start.
So, the next time that you’re considering a grand overhaul, ask first what else you might try.
Ask if there’s a step, rather than a leap, that you might take.
Take that step.
Give it time.
Practice it consistently.
Assess how it’s working for you.
Repeat the process.
You’ve got this.