Baby Steps - Atomic Habits, Kaizen, whatever you call you can get it done!

Baby Steps - Small steps for Huge Results!

Remember that movie with Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss, What about Bob?

Bill Murray was trying to get over some phobia or something and Richard Dreyfuss as his therapist gives him the advice to take baby steps with things, small reasonable goals.

I found the clip of it on youtube.

Baby Steps is the title of his therapist's book where he says that it helps you set manageable attainable goals and Bill Murray takes it and becomes obesessed with the term. "Baby steps...One little step at a time and I can do anything!"

Much like What About Bob? Atomic Habits, the book by James Clear the principle is to do things in small steps whereby you improve by small increments but you end up with big results.

Here's James Clear speaking at APB about this principle:

Getting better by small increments. From everything I've ever read and practiced in my life about betterment this is probably the one principle that seems to be the most practical and most applicable right away.

To get oneself to do something for hours and hours when you've never done it before is unrealistic, but to try and attempt at practicing at something for about 1 minute or 5 minutes, hey! that I can do!

Or the Japanese philosophy of Kaizen where you improve on small increments.

Kaizen meaning change for better intended to be continuous.

Small non glamorous steps. I think that's what I struggle with the most, thinking that when things happen they have to feel like an explosion of excitement and change but...

The truth is that the explosion comes through these small steps applied like the force of a hammer on a nail...little by little everyday!


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