Completing small tasks is usually easy enough, but what about those huge ones, the monstrous changes and improvements?
Is it time to get into shape with both diet and exercise daily, time to earn that promotion you want, to buy your dream home, quite smoking or cross off your greatest bucket list item?
Here is a list that may help, courtesy of one of my Entrepreneurs’ Organization friends.
- Set one goal, one. Make it bold while keeping it simple.
- Find inspiration. Seek out the benefits, others that have been successful, visualize the end result (with a picture)
- Get excited. Change is a good thing, nothing can improve without it. Pump yourself up for success.
- Build anticipation. Don’t start right away. Set your start date weeks or a month into the future and give yourself time to become mentally and emotionally invested.
- Post it, print it, BIG. Force yourself to think about your hurdle, see it, read it, picture it everywhere. Post-its on your mirror, poster on your wall, write it on your forehead if you must.
- Commit to it publicly. Accountability is the key to success and often easier to have others hold you accountable than to do it yourself. Make your goal known so people can help you when you’re weak.
- Think about it daily. Habits are hard to break and easy to fall back into. Whatever has held you back til now will still be there, think about your goal and resist.
- Get support. You can’t and don’t need to do everything yourself. It’s in people’s nature to be helpful, it makes others feel good and important. Whether a support group or your friends and family, others want to see you succeed.
- Stick with it. Everything takes time. Be patient and persist. If you fall down, get back up and keep trying. Quitters never win and winners never quit (unless you are trying to quit something:)
- Build on small successes. Have you ever seen an infant learn to walk? They don’t just stand up one day and start walking. One step at a time is still closer than not stepping at all.
- Read about it regularly. Chances are probably 100% that you are not the first to be taking on this quest. Read about what others have done, what professionals recommend and successful feedback. Just don’t believe everything you read on the internet.
- Call for help when motivation ebbs. It’s probably going to happen at some point. Lean on your supporters. Reach out and ask for words of encouragement when you just want to give in.
- Talk about the benefits, not the difficulties. If it was easy it wouldn’t take much effort, so we know there are difficulties. Talk about the benefits, remind yourself and others why you are putting in this much effort.
- Squash negative thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts. With a positive attitude you can overcome just about anything. When those negative thoughts creep in, have your list of benefits present to review and remind you of your goal and small successes.
- Don’t look back, other than to celebrate your success. You cannot change your past, don’t waste your time. You can affect today and tomorrow. When you reach your goal, then, take time to look back at all you have accomplished.
All the best!