Gradually transforming yourself and changing things is great. Small adjustments like reading more, taking the stairs or eating less candy can be life-changing in the long run.

However, you might want to consider going for a different approach. This can be harder to start with, but is often easier to keep doing. Why? Your mind will try to trick you: you’ll go for a run another day, you’ll continue your book tomorrow and just one cigarette is not going to kill you. These kind of excuses are simply not possible when you’re going black and white.

I wanted to contribute my part in making the world a better place by purchasing meat that was produced while treating the animals in a fair way. That’s a hard promise to keep when your friends stop at McDonalds. So I quit eating meat altogether. A little bit harder to start, much easier to keep.

There are countless other things where you can apply this: drinking, smoking, watching television, hitting the snooze button, reading and working out, to name a few. I’m sure you can come up with more than a couple that would work for you.

Where can you go for black and white instead of somewhere in between?