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How many of you said you would go to the gym everyday this year? Or who said they would pay off their credit card? Drink 8 glasses of water everyday? And how close did you get to reaching those goals? No shame in saying you quit two weeks in. It’s common and you’re in good company.
Well, after years of setting large goals and barely coming close to them, I’ve learned the fool proof way to actually accomplishing them. The secret is to simply stop chasing these goals and start small.
No, I’m not saying you have to stop dreaming big. I’m just saying think realistically about what you are capable of. The truth is the drastic weight loss stories, quick debt payoff videos and quickly organized Marie Kondo fanatics are motivating but they aren’t always realistic. It’s extremely difficult to go from eating bagels and subs everyday to suddenly cutting carbs from your diet. And it’s unlikely to suddenly put an extra $700 a month towards your mortgage when you struggle making the payment on time every month. It’s even difficult to go from doing laundry once a week to doing two loads of laundry of day.
Yes, they’re all great ideas but they are all drastic changes in comparison to your daily routines and habits. All it does is set you up for failure. And when you can’t stick to those drastic changes you end up feeling defeated and giving up on your goal completely.
Instead, come up with small easy to attain goals while keeping your larger goals in mind. These small wins will only motivate you to do more and have you reaching big goals in time.
To help you out, I’ve come up with a list of small easy wins anyone can reach for some of the most common goals. Pic ONE and focus on it. Doing too much at once can result in defeat. So pick what feels right to you and go with it. You’ll see results and reach big goals in time.