Case in point, in his book, One Small Step Can Change Your Life, Psychologist Robert Maurer tells the story of Julie, a young woman he once helped. Julie was a single mom, unemployed, overweight, and suffering from poor health as a consequence. She resisted any kind of exercise regimen because she did not believe it was possible for her to turn her situation around. Sinking in despair, she sought out Dr. Maurer for depression. The medical doctor that worked with Maurer had seen many cases like Julie’s. His standard procedure was to prescribe anti-depressants and hope that she did not sink any lower. But Maurer wanted to try a different approach. He could see that Julie had poor life management skills and thought she might gain some traction in her life if she met with success at some simple tasks. Instead of prescribing her anti-depressants, he told her to go home and march in place for one minute every night while she watched T.V. She came back on her follow-up visit ecstatic at her ability to fulfill this simple task. Over the next several months, Maurer built on this task until Julie worked up to doing 30 minutes of cardio almost every day. Her success greatly altered her attitude about what was possible, and she became devoted to her workout, which subsequently, improved her health. Julie exemplifies the power of taking advantage of even the smallest openings in reality.