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Creativity coach, writing and creative process instructor, speaker, author of Around the Writer's Block: Using Brain Science to Write the Way You Want (Penguin/Tarcher 2012) and Dancing in the Dragon's Den (Red Wheel Weiser), Teaching Artist at the Loft Literary Center.

Lower the Bar to Reduce Resistance

In just 1 minute and 10 seconds, Michelle May shares advice that can transform your resistance to exercise: lower the bar.


The same philosophy is at the heart of the 15 Magic Minutes technique you can use to eliminate your resistance to writing, exercise or anything else you have a push-pull, “I want to — but not right now” relationship with.

It seems paradoxical that asking less of yourself results in doing more. But then, so many great truths come wrapped in paradox.

In a three-stage nutshell:

  1. Select an amount of time that is so small you can consistently honor the commitment.
  2. Make the commitment.
  3. Honor the commitment.

By the way, Michelle’s book Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat transformed my life. And I don’t use the word “transform” lightly.

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4 Comments on “Lower the Bar to Reduce Resistance”

  1. Joel D Canfield January 18, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    I know two types of perfectionists: the ones who are annoying because everything has to be perfect, and the ones who are annoying because since nothing can ever be perfect, they do nothing.

    The more I learn about habit and change, the more I believe that doing SOMETHING even though it’s “not enough” is better than the world’s focus on go big or go home.


  2. Anela Foster January 17, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    Another great post! I’m going to implement this technique in my new writing project. Thanks!


  3. Michael Kelberer January 17, 2013 at 10:12 am #



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