I’m a planner. I love to have everything mapped out before I start a new project. The problem? I never have everything figured out, so nothing ever gets done. Project after project sits in the ‘idea’ folder doing nobody any good. Sometimes taking imperfect action and figuring it out as you go along is better than sitting around until it’s all figured out.
That’s exactly what I’m doing right now. I love writing, but I’m not particularly confident in my writing just yet. It’s held me back from writing as often as I would like to or know I should. But I also know that the only way to get better is to practice. So I’m committing to writing every day, even if it’s just journaling my thoughts. And to keep me accountable I’ll be posting a new blog every Wednesday. So if I haven’t said otherwise and nothing is posted by 12 am Thursday, feel free to send me a reminder that I’m slacking off.
As a coach, I’m often asked what’s the best way to lose weight, get stronger, be healthier, etc. While there is no “best” way because what works for me may not be the best solution for you, there is one thing that is crucial for success no matter your goal: Just start.
It’s easy to get caught up in the idea of big changes and neglect to see how small actions can make a big difference and often lead to more sustainable results. When you’re used to doing things one way a complete overhaul can be overwhelming and it’s much easier to go back to old habits. However, when you start with one small thing and continue to do one thing every day, it starts to snowball. How long have you been planning to achieve your goal, Six months, a year? One year of doing one small thing every day to move you closer to your goal becomes three-hundred sixty-five small steps. That’s a whole lot of “small” steps.
The most difficult thing is just getting started. If you can start with one small task and be consistent every day, odds are you’ll start doing more, and those little tasks become slightly bigger tasks. Because those little tasks are now part of your daily routine and adding something a little bigger doesn’t seem like such a big deal anymore.
What do I mean when I say ‘small task’? That depends on your goal. If your goal is to be more active, you could go for a walk or play outside with the kids. If your goal is to eat healthier maybe try skipping the junk food in the break room or swapping out your morning sugary latte for something with fewer calories. There are endless possibilities, and none of them need to be overly complicated. In fact, the simpler the better in the beginning Once you start you’ll notice that you feel a sense of accomplishment. You’re finally moving in the right direction. Sometimes that’s all you need to get the ball rolling.
So what’s one thing you can do today to move you closer to your goal? Comment below.