Small Steps Daily


The legendary basketball coach, John Wooden, said it best: “It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” Significant, impactful change in our lives does not occur in a day. No, it requires a process that is achieved through a series of small decisions and investments. What is it that you want to achieve? Is it lowering your body fat percentage? Is it being able to play with your kids? Is it gaining muscle mass? Living a long and healthy life? A personal record for deadlifts? Participating in a race?

Whatever the goal, the same steps apply:
1. Define the goal. Be specific when identifying what you want to achieve. Yes, “Be healthier” is a goal, but it can be taken a step further—in what ways do you want to be healthier?
2. Make a plan. Now that you have identified the goal, work backwards from what you want to achieve. What will it take to get to where you want to go? Again, be specific and apply the SMART plan. Is your goal Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound?
3. Write it down & share it. Write everything out—pen on paper, then share it with someone you care about! Give them updates (even if they don’t want to hear it!) on your progress.
4. Take the first step. You have a well-crafted plan to achieve your goal, what’s next? Simple, just start following the plan, having the confidence that each step is taking you closer to your goal.

As you move along in this process, don’t forget the big picture! Some days you may take steps backwards—when that happens, don’t freak out! Simply reorient yourself with what you want to achieve, recall what motivated you to make the goal, and review the plan you have set in place. Remember that that small consistent investments will lead to big returns. Having a similar mindset, John Wooden was able to take his UCLA Bruins to 7 consecutive NCAA championship wins because he understood that it is in the details where success is built. Trust the process, taking small steps each day.

– Austin Pauls –

Check out Austin on Instagram! @tailored.fitness805

Austin is one of our new trainers at Give Fitness. Austin was a shy individual until a P.E. teacher and mentor during high school helped him develop confidence and find his voice. He hopes to pay it forward by using his experience, expertise, and passion for health and fitness to make meaningful connections through intentional and authentic relationships. One of Austin’s life mottos is “take small steps daily toward lifelong growth.” He believes that health and fitness are achieved every day through action-oriented tasks and routines. Austin is almost done with a B.S. in Kinesiology with minors in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Cal Poly SLO; he is also working toward becoming a certified personal trainer through NASM, a nationally-accredited organization. He loves to be outdoors and has interests in hiking, trail running, and cycling. Austin wants to help you develop life-long health and fitness through your unique abilities and interests.

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