Breaking Habits and Setting a Goal

It's Easy Being VeganGo Vegan Step-by-Step, Part 7

Now that you know about the theory of change, let’s start the process. Eating and using animal products is a habit for most people. Many never even give it a second thought because, not only is it common, it’s what they have known their entire lives.

Habits aren’t created overnight and typically take longer to break than the 21 days that many experts suggest. From my experience, 21 days is not enough time to truly embody any serious change. So, give yourself a break and be kind to yourself. Do the best you can.

There will be difficult times. I promise you. I have screamed, shouted and thrown temper tantrums in frustration and anger but never once I have given up. The inability to unsee things like a man throwing a cement block at a pig’s head while the pig lay helpless on the ground or the males chicks that were stuffed alive in a trash bag have kept me on track. But if you’re not ready to go all the way, you can start by giving up the easiest things first. Just because you aren’t ready to do it all, doesn’t mean you can’t take a few important steps.

Be realistic. The more honest you are with yourself about what changes you are willing to commit to, the more likely you will stick with those changes.

If I were to go vegan again and in a conscious, organized fashion, this is how I would do it. I would remove the easy things first. Clear out the low-hanging fruit, so to speak. Tackle the more difficult products last after I had a social support system and solid knowledge from personal research. Let’s get started.

A Step-by-Step Approach to Going Vegan

I will be posting steps in the order of the changes I would make if I were going vegan today. You could choose these steps in any order, but let’s start by setting a goal of being vegan.

Step 1: Make a Date

Set a goal date to be vegan. It could be anywhere from tomorrow to 18 months in the future. Ask yourself, “What is doable for me?” Make it your goal to go all the way. It may not be today or tomorrow or even next month, but keep it in mind.

One day you may just find yourself saying, “It’s easy being vegan” too.

To be continued