Here we are in the first week of a brand new year. For most people it’s typically a good week. You still feel the turkey and ham hangover from the holidays. You’re enjoying the new toys you and your children received as gifts.
You’re also basking in the glow of new opportunity. You say to yourself, “This year will be different!” You make a resolution. You’ll finally get the new job you want. You’ll move to a new home. You’ll get organized. You’ll take that long awaited vacation. You’ll lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle.
Whatever it is, this is the year!
And, then by the end of the month, you’ll begin to look at yourself in the mirror and the negativity will begin to creep in. After you send your resume out to dozens of places, with no response or acknowledgement, you begin to feel less hopeful about finding that new job. You walk around your house and it’s a mess. Although it would be great to move and get more space, or even downsize, you don’t have the energy to take care of the clutter.
Forget about the vacation! Who in the world has time?
As for the weight…well, the new pant size fits just fine.
And, slowly, what you wanted at the beginning of the year dissolves into nothing more than a memory.
It doesn’t have to be this way, you know. You can, in fact, do it.
The reality is that what you want is attainable, and you do have the power to do it.
So, instead of beginning the year with a resolution that you may or may not achieve, why not make a commitment to yourself? Commit to one thing–anything–that’s really important to you. It doesn’t matter how big or how small it is. Just commit now to one thing that you’ll accomplish this year.
Now that you have it in mind, I’m going to tell you the secret of how to get from point A to point Z. For the next 365 days, you will do something each and every day toward that goal. It doesn’t matter what it is, you will take one step (that’s all it takes) toward what you want in your life. It doesn’t have to be a huge step. All it needs to be is a single step.
Because I can guarantee if you do one thing toward what you want–your commitment to yourself–each day you’ll develop a habit. In other words, consistency becomes habitual. With consistency, eventually you’ll begin to see small changes and things happening toward your goal. What you want to do is to take it in small bites. You want to set a pattern of consistent habits.
If you do this every day, you’ll see the change.
Practice makes perfect. It’s as simple as that.
So, let’s talk for a moment in more practical terms. Let’s say you’re looking for a new job. What I’m asking you to do each day is something small toward your goal. That means that you review and update your resume and develop a powerful cover letter, which you will customize depending on the opportunity. The next day create a list of 5 places or opportunities. Then, each subsequent day, research a company on the list and see if you have a contact or someone who can introduce you. If not, send your great resume and customized cover letter. The following week, look into networking opportunities and schedule those meetings and appointments. Finally, repeat, repeat and repeat until you succeed.
Whatever your commitment is for the year, you can do it. YOU have the power to succeed. All it takes is building the habits for success toward your goal each and every day.
Yes, it’s that simple.
Wayne is the author of “Get Off the Couch: Grip & Rip and Break the Barriers Holding You Back in Life” (Free Digital Download)
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