The way you do anything is the way you do everything

Here’s the good news, though: I think the flip side is also true, so even the smallest change can help you turn things around. Maybe you want to be more loving toward your sister or daughter — 100 percent doable. Start by saying something nice to your next-door neighbor. Suppose you chow down on junk food but want to take better care of your health. Start by taking better care of what’s around you. Is your car a disaster? Clean it up. Has your window screen been torn for the last three years? Fix it. I’m willing to bet that once you pay attention to the things in your life that need tending, you’ll make it a priority to tend to yourself. Striving for excellence — or even just for something better than what you’ve got — builds the momentum that will take you right through to the finish line.