If you know why you will accomplish your big, health goals, then it's time to train for the marathon, become a vegan and learn Spanish for your volunteer trip to Guatemala. The only problem is you haven’t run since high school, you don’t know an artichoke from an aardvark and you can’t even find Univision on your cable package. You have a lot to do and want to do it right now!
The truth is, change takes time and only happens one step at a time.
Research confirms our brains can only handle one task at a time. Multitask all you want, in reality you are only focused on one of the myriad of things in front of you.
The same is true for changes in your health habits. Your mental energy is finite and every decision you make depletes it. This is especially true if you are exerting “willpower” toward a new endeavor or one in which you’ve failed in the past. The key to successful change is giving yourself permission to master one change at a time, even if it takes weeks, months or a lifetime.