Hooray for you!
You've been wanting to do this for so long. You've thought about it.
Dreamt about it.
Even tried to achieve it before.
But today is different. Today is the first day that's going to make a difference. YOU ARE GOING TO SUCCEED THIS TIME.
It really doesn’t matter what “IT” is.
It may be going back to school. It may be a new job. It may be a new exercise routine. It may be the commitment to finally lose those inches you don’t want.
It really doesn’t matter. What matters is that you've decided today is the day you're going to begin. Good for you!
This really is the hardest part.
We are wired to want more than we have; to be more than we are. But somewhere between wanting it and doing it, sometimes we get lost. Maybe the journey is just too large. Maybe you've shared your idea and it's been shot down. Maybe it's just too scary to make such a big change. There can be tonnes of reasons why you have either not tried before or failed and just quit before.
But that is all in the past.
Today is a new day.
Today you've made the biggest decision: you're going to do it. So let's set you up for the the best chance of success. Here are four things you need to do:
1. Write down your goals.
Write down your long term goal. What is the end game?
Now break your goal down into bite-size pieces. One of the reasons we quit is we don’t recognize the small victories on the way to the finish line. So, make small achievable goals that are not as far away as the finish line.
2. Find support
This can be tricky, but crucial. Find a person, or a group of people with whom you can share your wins and losses (and who you can be there for when they need support).
3. Have a reward
Keeping our goals within sight is really important but if we don’t celebrate our wins as they happen, we get defeated too much by the little setbacks.
Get a photo, write it out, keep it within sight and then go and get it when you achieve THAT goal. Remember, we celebrate our kids finishing each year of school, each project, each sports meet, not just the end goal of graduating Grade 12.
4. Plan to enjoy your journey
This will not happen overnight, so enjoy the trip. Look at the scenery, read the map again, plan to make side trips. This is not just about the destination, it’s about YOU. All of YOU, the rest of YOU, plan to love YOU!
One final thing to remember:
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You're on your own.
And you know what you know.
And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go….
~ Dr. Seuss, Oh! The Places You'll Go!