Goal Planning: Getting Started

Change. No matter how much we talk about all the things we want to change, that’s often where we stop.

Change is hard. It’s so much easier to hunker down and put up with the status quo.

Getting started, therefore, is the hardest part.

How to Get Started

One small step.

That’s all it takes.

It might be something on the list of tasks, it might not.

It might be looking at a YouTube video of someone else doing the thing you want to do or perhaps reading a book. In a recent YouTube video by Thomas Frank, it was explained that some of the best musicians and video editors actually spend a lot of time watching or listening to others rather than doing the doing in order to improve. So start there (just be careful not to end there!)

It might be writing a list of the things you will need to buy or researching where to get them.

It might be driving past the gym on the way home from work. Almost as if you were going to go in but not doing. Just getting used to it.

You might gather together equipment you have and assess what’s missing or prepare your workspace as if you were going to get to work. No pressure to do the work, just prep.

If you’ve factored in 3 hours for something and it feels like a big ask, just commit to 15 minutes. If that goes well, commit to another 15 minutes. Who knows, you might just end up doing that 3 hours or more.

Start Now

Yes, we are setting these goals to be achieved in 2021, but does that mean that we have to wait? Of course not. Those small steps can be taken now. You might get into the meat of it after Christmas, when all the leftovers are gone, the chocolate has been eaten and there is more space in the house (and maybe your mind).

That doesn’t stop you from listening to an audible book, or podcast while wrapping presents or preparing food. Nor does it stop you from browsing relevant articles whilst those around you take a post food nap.

TODAY’S ACTION

Take that first step. There’s no time like the present.

COME BACK TOMORROW FOR:

Firming up that winning mindset.


How are you going to get started?

Until next time, remember, if the excess baggage is weighing you down, you can always leave it in lost luggage.

Best wishes,

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