I talk a lot about clarifying values and the happiness of living according to them brings. But not following our values can create feelings of guilt. Guilt shows us that what we think is right and what we do are not the same thing. It can be a useful bit of information. However it can also create a lastingly bad feeling without helping us progress. We could feel guilty about big goals like living healthily or environmentally friendly our whole life. A more helpful approach is to make tiny steps towards the goal, by trying out various things, keeping up what sticks and trying something different if it doesn’t work.