Making good choices can be really hard because sometimes the task at hand just seems too daunting to deal with at that exact moment. Maybe you want to start exercising more, keeping a room clean, or finally read that book you picked up. Looking at these tasks as a whole can easily discourage anyone from doing these tasks. But what if we just looked at them from a different perspective?
Imagine you have a can of pringles, you open the can of pringles, then eat one chip. Do you put the lid back on or do you continue to eat more pringles? Let’s be honest here after you have one chip you will want to have more. So what if we looked at exercise, cleaning, reading, etc. as cans of pringles?
Break down each task or activity into smaller “Chips”. If you are lacking the motivation to sit down and read that book use your self-discipline and decide to just read one page. You read the page but you’re curious about what’s on the next page, so you decide to read one more page and 30 minutes later you’ve gone way past two pages. Don’t have the drive to work out in the morning? Use self-discipline to get your tennis shoes and workout clothes on, and that will lead to more “Chips” and good decisions that snowball into you feeling a sense of accomplishment from having completed a great work out.
Tackling some tasks can be hard, so look at them like a can of your favorite Pringles. Use self-discipline to focus on and complete smaller parts until the task snowballs into completion. Go get your Pringles!