What it takes to create a habit for life

It’s not resolutions. You need this instead.

Renée Fishman
3 min readJan 3, 2018



For the 595th consecutive day, I hit my mark of walking 10,000 steps. Sometimes, 10,000 comes easily. I live in NYC, and my feet are my car. I walk almost everywhere. And there is always the gym. I can hop on a treadmill or a bike to get a lot of steps in quickly.

But sometimes, I have to work a little harder for the 10,000 steps.

Today, I really worked for it. I earned this one.

I’m staying at a friend’s 40-acre estate outside Orlando. His house has a small gym, but no treadmill, bike or elliptical.

But there is a lot of land, and roads, and I have two feet and sneakers.

This morning, the llamas were grazing by the front gate (Yes, llamas). Hesitant to open the gate, for fear they would escape (and also worried about the dogs, which were on my heels), I hopped over the fence.

Here’s a picture of the fence I took the other day.

Yay for agility training!

But the dogs have a trick: they scooted under the fence. One insisted on following me down the road and out to the main highway. He was walking way behind me, in the middle of the highway. I was scared a car would hit him. The last thing I wanted was to be responsible somehow for the dog getting hit by a car.

So I turned around to return to the property, and walked the property instead. Then, too cold to continue outside any longer (because it was 39 degrees here), I came inside.

I had done only 2 miles, and was only a little over 5,000 steps. I didn’t want to leave the house again.

Finding a Way

I completed the rest of my steps in the house over the course of the day: by dancing, getting up to move around, walking up and down stairs, whatever it took.



Renée Fishman

Creating a new paradigm of productivity for high-achieving ADHD women tired of the hustle. Founder,The Ritual Revolution™️. http://theritualrevolution.com