New Year promises can be hard to attain. I know this first hand. Last December 31st I wrote down all my resolutions for the upcoming year. A few months ago, I revisited this list and saw that I was far from attaining all my goals. Initially, I started to get really upset about not following through with what I wanted to accomplish.
Fortunately, I quickly realized that focusing on the negative would only make things worse and leave me feeling more depressed.
Instead, when I feel down I try to stop myself and re-shift my focus on all the positives in my life.
Another thing that changed my outlook was a book I read called The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results (affiliate link) by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan.
Reading this book completely opened my eyes on productivity and getting things done. It taught me that multitasking just doesn’t work. Instead of creating a list of goals, you need to create a “Should Do” list consisting of tasks that are of absolute importance and need to be done first. This way you tackle the things you can get done and then have some fun.
Looking back I see my biggest flaw was that I wanted to accomplish too many different things. I know now that it is more important to focus on ONE main goal.
In addition to reading The ONE Thing, I was also inspired by a podcast by Nick Lober of the Side Hustle Nation. I stumbled upon this podcast a few months ago while scrolling through iTunes. I accidentally had the feed set up going from newer episodes to older. This is how I stumbled upon this particular episode from the end of last year. It was entitled Micro Habits: The Too-Small-to-Fail Plan for Big Results and discussed how you should not make New Year resolutions but instead make small daily habits that take less than a minute to complete.
Some examples he cited were flossing one tooth and doing a pushup. The point of these short activities will motivate you to floss all your teeth and maybe try a few more pushups until you get tired.
The combination of small daily habits with ONE clear cut goal will propel you forward. Whether you are looking to make more money, improve your health, or spend more time with your family using this combination of practices will give you success to attain what you want to achieve.
These sources were inspiration to prevent me from looking back in anger and regret. Instead I am looking forward and continue on my journey of self-improvement.
So don’t write any New Year promises or resolutions instead pick ONE thing to focus on and learn how to break down the barriers with smaller steps.
Some examples of this would be:
- Drink too many sweet beverages? Take one of those drinks and cut it in half for 1 day
- Not drinking enough water? Add a notification to your work calendar telling you to drink every hour
- Not getting to the gym? Wake up 30 minutes earlier so you can work out in the morning and get it over with
- Want to add more veggies to your diet? Try a new vegetable that is in season in the grocery store and look up a fun way to make it taste great
- Eating out all the time? Order a meal delivery service that you can cook the food yourself
Want to lose 10 lbs? Track one meal to see how much you are really eating
- Constantly tired? Track how many hours of sleep you are getting and add an extra hour each night until you have enough rest and can get through your day
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