The law of inertia states that it is the tendency of an object to resist a change in motion. That is, an object at rest will stay at rest, unless it is acted on by an external force. The same is true of an object in motion.


  1. Define a goal. What do you want to achieve? How will you measure progress towards that goal?
  2. Break that down into small actions that contribute to that goal. Make them small enough that you can start at least one action for each goal right now. If you can’t start anything now, break it down further until you can start NOW. Create an everything counts mindset. It is important to maintain momentum. Every little bit, no matter how small, adds to your goal. Make sure that you can be doing something, no matter how small, all the time.
  3. Post your action plan somewhere you will refer to daily. Focus on completing the tasks each day, week, and month to make your goal (dream) a reality. Reevaluate your plan by completing a monthly goal review to see if you need to rework any actions or due dates.
    • Create a “carrot”: Set rewards for completing an action (or group of actions). “If I walk 500,000 steps, I will go to the spa for a massage.”
    • Create a “stick”: Set a penalty for failing to complete an action (or group of actions). “Every day that I fail to walk at least 8,000 steps, I will donate $10 to a group sponsoring children’s sports.” The penalty should in some way support your stated goal, so that even failing “wins”.

Everything counts.

When you take an “everything counts” mindset, you permit yourself to do as much or as little as possible, because something is always better than nothing.