The best way to create massive change in your life is to start with easy, small steps forward. Read on to get the 7 simple steps you need to start taking to stay focused and motivated to achieve your goals.
Most people get excited in January to change their life. They make all sorts of resolutions to achieve new goals.
Unfortunately, very few people follow through with their commitments.
Let’s take a moment to consider what a “resolution” actually is.
A “resolution” is when you transform something that was once a “could” or “should” (e.g. I really should try and get to the gym) into an absolute “must.”
In this vein, there are a number of areas you might be thinking about developing into a “must.”
No matter what your “must” might be, today is a great day to start to transform your life and move toward your dream.
It’s really important you determine where is “there” for you. A boat without a destination will just drift – and the sea will determine where it ends up.
You therefore want to have a very clear destination in mind.
Many people live their lives without clear goals. As a result they tend to get what life gives them – rather than going after what they truly desire.
So today take some time to get clear on your final destination, or else you risk wandering around like aimlessly – or simply staying stuck going nowhere on the treadmill of life.
Write down your “destination” – and read it often. The more clearly you can see where you want to go, the easier it will be to map out action steps – and handle any stumbled steps along the way.
chunk it down into manageable steps – in the same way an educational course is structured. Once you have your destination in mind, you want to
In a school course you will always find modules and lessons. You need to create these with your life plan too. Plus map out a list of milestones and include that in your plan.
It’s key that you create small sized steps. After all, the more manageable your plan, the less overwhelmed you’ll feel, and the more likely you’ll keep moving forward.
The next step is to visualize and create a calendar-scheduled course of action that will get you from where you are to where you want to be.
When it comes to planning your course and setting a route, you want to figure out the fastest and most efficient path to get you from where you are to where you want to go. Consider how a GPS map will always tell you the fastest and most efficient way to get to your final destination. It will calculate millions of intricate details to calculate the fastest route.
The best way to figure out your most efficient route to your goal is to take time to write out a list of paths to your goal. When you’re done, figure out which path is the most efficient.
This requires starting with some very creative blue sky thinking. Tell yourself that there are no bad ideas. Create a judgement-free brainstorming zone. When you’re done, reign in to create a refined list of possibilities – which include the fastest and most effortless routes to get to where you want to be.
You can think positively, all you want, but until you take massive action you aren’t going to get massive results. Many people procrastinate due to the feeling they are ‘not ready’ yet.
Keep in mind: Many birds learn to fly by falling. Literally. Their parents throw them off a cliff and the young bird has to learn to fly while it’s falling.
Successful people often take action before they feel they’re ready. After all, you’re never going to feel ready. It’s only through taking action that you will start to feel “ready.”
You don’t need to do everything on your own.
For instance, if you are looking to get healthier this year, it makes sense to get some support from a personal trainer or physiotherapist.
No man or woman is an island.
There’s plenty of support available today. Sometimes this support shows up in the shape of a YouTube channel or Video Learning Site with inspirational or educational input to help you move forward.
It’s really important to regularly celebrate your small wins – and consistently recognize the fact you are making progress. This self-appreciation releases feel good hormones and catapults you into making even more progress.
Indeed, the feeling of progress tends to create an upward spiral of making even more progress.
Basically, the more progress you make, the more action you will take!
The final, and most important step is to keep moving – by creating forward momentum each day and making it a habit to keep making progress. You don’t have to see the whole staircase to take the first step. Just start with baby steps. Eventually, over time these baby steps will transport you far along the path toward your dreams.
The key point is to start small – but start now. Don’t allow yourself to be paralyzed by procrastination or perfectionism. Start today to take immediate action – even if it’s just a tiny step in the process. Soon enough you will build up a momentum, and the emotional power of progress will catapult you to great heights.
Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.