If you’re like 92% of the people who made a New Year’s Resolution this year of setting goals, by now, you’ve probably already given up. I get it. It’s hard. After all, going to the gym week after week or sticking to the latest fad diet is no easy task, especially if you try to swallow your entire bucket of goals all at once. So, how about we start over and work on some baby-steps that will help get you a little further down that life-altering road to success. Hey, it worked for Bob, so it will definitely work for you!
Breaking down the end-goal with small, realistic day to day and even hour by hour changes will make that larger insurmountable task seem much more attainable. Change is a good thing and by following these 4 simple rules and I guarantee, you will do better.
1. It’s okay to fail
Don’t let failure keep you from starting over or setting goals. It’s okay to fail, as long as you don’t give up. Failing gives you just one more way in which not to do it the next time around. Don’t believe me? Just ask the guy who invented the light bulb or the guy who came up with, what everyone thought at first was a stupid looking mouse (aka “Micky”). They didn’t give up.
2. Keep It simple
Take one goal at a time, one week at a time, or even one day at a time. The goal here (pun intended) is to form a habit. Did you know it takes two to twelve months (not 21 days) to form a new habit? When I set my goal to work out no less than four times a week, after just three weeks, I wasn’t keeping my goal at all (yea, I’m one of the 92%ers). What I did realize, was that once I was in my work-out clothes, it was a lot easier for me to slide right into my work out. So, I changed my goal. My new goal, was to simply change into my work-out clothes after I got home. It may not sound like a big deal, but it made all the difference. I’m now working out four to five times a week.