“Avoid a frontal attack on a long established position; instead, seek to turn it by flank movement, so that a more penetrable side is exposed to the thrust of truth. But, in any such indirect approach, take care not to diverge from the truth―for nothing is more fatal to its real advancement than to lapse into untruth.”
― Basil Henry Liddell Hart, "Strategy"
Think back to the last time you committed to save more money. Maybe you’ve decided that the best way to save money is to spend less at the grocery store. It probably seemed like a reasonable goal. And you probably failed to spend less money 90% of the time. (I find it amazing how often I spend the same amount of money every weekend at the grocery store. Habits are habitual. :->)The goal was specific -- spend less at the grocery store. Only you probably didn’t consider how to spend less, you just know you should.
Maybe you could’ve declared Wednesdays to be meatless -- or even better -- Rice & Beans Wednesday. How about no wine Tuesdays? Take a bag lunch to work on Thursdays.
Not only are the actions specific, the day of the week is predetermined (less thinking = good). Note that I avoided Friday and the weekend and Monday. These are normally trigger days. You want to set yourself up for success. Why would you declare Saturday to be alcohol free? That would seem to promise failure (easier to go no alcohol period).
It may seem like a no wine Tuesdays is a small thing. Small things over time end up making a real impact. That little wine trick could save you over $500 a year. Of course, once you have one small success, why not strive for more?
Systems Make Change Doable
BlutsApp reduces the pain of change by encouraging well thought out habits to build and how to develop the tactics necessary to achieve them.
After 100 days of BlutsApp, you’ll not only build habits, you’ll start to approach problems as challenges, and you’ll see new ways to approach these challenges. Real change happens after 100 days. The accumulation of small changes over time makes a huge difference in a diabetic.
My doctor suggested I make a concerted effort to always inject insulin 20 minutes before my meal. That small change over the subsequent three months produced my lowest A1c at the time.