Are you holding out for the new year to change things in your life?
Well, here’s the reason not to wait and tips for how to start right now.
With the new year looming I have to confess, I hate new years resolutions.
I love goal setting but new year resolutions always feel like I’m setting myself up for failure. After all, I like to celebrate and have been known to wake with a slightly sore head on New Year’s Day, which is hardly on point to start kicking some goals.
But, more importantly, and let’s be honest here, new year resolutions are just another way of delaying action.
It’s the same as waiting for the start of the month or for Monday before committing to something. It’s a great stalling tactic and is usually an indicator that we’re not really willing to do the work necessary.
Furthermore, 80% of new year resolutions fail by February anyway.
So, if you are holding off one starting something in the new year, consider this – what will change come 1 January to make it easier?
Nothing, my friend. NOTHING!
The truth is, there is no perfect time to start.
So, why not bite the bullet and get on with it now and have 3 months of progress under your belt by the turn of the year?
Stop listening to your self-doubt, stop making excuses and start doing the work you need to do.
Commit to spending time to work towards your goal every single day. It doesn’t matter how small the action is, because consistency is what will achieve results.
So whatever it is that you want to do, make the decision
right now and commit to it. And to make it easy, here are my tips to set yourself up for success.
7 tips to create action on your goals
1. Decide what you want & write it down
Get clear on what you want to achieve and then write it down.
Journal on it, put it on a post-it note and stick it to your mirror or set it as wallpaper on your phone. Get it down in words because it will increase your odds of success by 42% (yes you read right!).
2. Declare it
Start telling people what you are commited to doing.
Tell your loved ones, post it on social media or find a community of likeminded people to cheer you on.
3. Commit to taking action
Make a commitment to do the work. Schedule time in your diary and plan ahead. And remember, it is usually the simple actions rather than grand gestures, that get the best results because they are easy to stick to.
4. Work out what could stop you and brainstorm how you can mitigate the risk
Write down all the things that might happen to stop you from achieving your goal. Now, what can you do to mitigate against these?
In 99% of cases you can do something, so work it out now so it doesn’t become an excuse down the track.
6. Track your progress
Get a calendar out and mark it off , post it to social media or get an accountability partner. Whatever works for you, but make sure you are visibly recording your progress.
7. Keep going.
If something happens and you veer off course – relax!
No-one is perfect but the key is to keep going. Focus on progress over perfection and don’t get caught up in the drama of a slip-up. Instead, just get back on the track as soon as possible.
I’d love to know what you are committed to.
Post in the comments below or tag use the #beautifuldisrupter on Instagram or Facebook so I can cheer you on.
P.S. If you want help achieving your goal, here’s a great guide for you.