If you have ever made a resolution to do something but didn’t do it, I can tell you why. One reason is that you may not have had valid “why” for the “what” you said you wanted to do. But even when a good “why” is present, it is easy to stumble because of this reason…you did not break down the “what” into little action steps.
This is probably the single biggest reason why most people do not accomplish most of the things they want to but do not accomplish.
If you think about losing 50 pounds, you will probably never do it. If you think about losing 5 pounds, it is much more likely.
If you think about paying off your $10,000 in credit card debt, you will probably never do it. If you resolve to stop using them (i.e. do not add more to the debt) and pay $400 per month, you will be amazed at how quickly you see significant dents being made in that amount.
If you want to write a best-seller, do you call Random House today and tell them to get ready for you? Of course not, you need to write the first sentence.
Tell me something…when you want to get to the top of a staircase, do you jump straight to the landing? Of course not, you step on the first step. It is that simple.
Do not make this more complicated than it actually is.
How many things in your life have you not done simply because you did not take that first step was? Make just one resolution right now. Resolve to never do that again!
It’s time to stress less and accomplish more.
Here are three things you can start doing today that will show you the awesome power of taking baby steps:
Get rid of one thing that irritates you. It might be something on your calendar that you really do not want to do. It might be making that phone call that you have avoided for the past 2 weeks, even though it must be done and you cannot stop thinking about it. It might be taking a different way home so that you do not get caught up in traffic.
Get it off your to-do list!
Removing that little thing will make a HUGE difference in your stress level and give you back more time.
“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” (William Penn)
Delegate one thing. Ask someone if they will help you do one thing today. You will be amazed at how often people want to help. You may also discover that something you do not like to do is something that someone else loves to do! There is even the possibility that they do it better than you and you are no longer asked to do it! How is that for freeing up some time for something that helps you add more value.
Sometimes, we lead ourselves to believe that we have to do everything. That is incorrect.
Let your inner control freak take a day off so that you can chill the f*!k out.
“I’m learning slowly to not be as much of a control freak. I can’t afford to be all the time, but I’m getting better at communicating. Delegating parts of my vision for other people to execute has made it an easier process for knowing what I want, and what people can handle, and what I should probably save for myself.” (Halsey)
Get clarity on one thing that you will regret never doing if you keep pushing it to the side. Just get clarity on it. It might be making a phone call to someone or writing a letter. Maybe it’s writing that book or recording that song. It could be volunteering or learning to water ski!
It can be anything!
What is one thing you will look back on and say “could have, would have, should have.”
“How much I missed, simply because I was afraid of missing it.” (Paulo Coelho)
Resolve to NOT let that happen. Then decide what step one needs to be (probably a phone call or looking something up on the internet to see where you can do that).
It is easier than you are making it!
I am sure you are familiar with the discussion around that fact that we all have exactly the same amount of time, 24 hours in every day.
The people who accomplish more with their 24 hours than others do are not simply “busier” or “non-stop” or people with massive teams and minor to-do lists. Not at all. They employ these types of actions on a daily basis.
They do not dwell, ruminate, or hold off doing things that need to be done anyway. They think less and do more. They do little things consistently that add up to big things.
Baby steps will get your everywhere.
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