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33 Set Yourself Up to Win Your small step should be only as big as what you know you can achieve with relative ease. If it is something difficult-because it is distasteful or involves an entrenched habit-then shorten the time frame of the first small objective. For example, suppose you want to stop smoking. If, for your first objective, you demand that for a month you will chew gum every time you feel like smoking, you are likely to fail. Chances for success are better if you make the first objective for one day instead. When you meet that objective, set another one for a slightly longer period of time. Set objectives that you know you can meet. Set yourself up to succeed. The objective helps you get started and creates momentum. Once you've broken the inertia of a bad habit, you have also started to develop a winner's attitude. This, too, will help you to succeed. Stretch Yourself Although objectives should be small steps, they should be big enough to make you stretch. Think of yoga as an example. When doing yoga, you position your body in a posture and then slowly s t ret c h the muscles you are exercising. Don't worry about the steps being too small as long as there is some stretch and some movement. Remember the inertia principle: A body in motion tends to stay in motion." Use small steps to keep yourself in motion toward your goal. II Make Getting There Fun People often equate self-management or self-discipline with austerity-sacrifice and no pleasure. Such an approach is a mistake and will undermine your success. Grease the wheels of change with fun. Enjoyment of a task lessens the toil of doing it. Consider physical exercise. Doing jumping jacks and running in place isn't much fun. By comparison, playing tennis with a friend is more fun. And it provides a good workout. With this in mind, think of ways you can build fun into the process of achieving your goals.