Today is February 1st.
It has been 1 month since millions of people around the world started anew. They set their intentions, wrote down their goals, and promised themselves “2021 is going to be My Year!”.
For many of those same people… today marks a crucial fork in the road. It’s getting hard to stay consistent with new routines and habits. Hard to get up early. Hard to work out consistently. Hard to stop swearing 😉. Without the New Year excitement to fuel the engine the change train is slowly coming to a halt.
If this is you, this is where you quit.
Except, you are NOT going to quit! Even if you want to. Nope, not you! I’m not going to let that happen. You, my friend, are going to do what millions of others will not do. First, you are going to troubleshoot your struggles with the questions below and THEN you are going to start building momentum again! Ready? Let’s go…
Is this too much too fast?
We often sabotage our best efforts by starting with too much too soon. We expect to go from the couch to working out 4 times per week or try getting to work 30 minutes early when we have only ever been 20 minutes late.
Our brains are designed to reject drastic change. So set your self up for success by scaling the changes you are making. Baby steps such as getting to work 10 minutes late or working out once per week. When one step becomes consistent, then take another (Work 5 minutes late, workout twice per week) and so on.
What is your definition of success?
If you want to write a book, you have to write a page. If you didn’t write a page yesterday but you did today then you are doing a damn good job!
Prioritize your progress! Instead of waiting until you reach your end goal, start celebrating taking the steps that get you there. By doing this you use the fuel of many small wins to build momentum toward your greater goal. Break your goal down into tiny wins and celebrate each one. Before you know it, you’ll be at the finish line!
Plan for the tough times.
Success doesn’t happen in a straight line. There are setbacks and detours that will happen along the way. When planning for your goal, plan for those tough times. How will you talk to yourself when you are struggling? How long will you be mad about falling off the wagon before you decide to get back on.
Success is a series of stop and go’s. You just have to commit to starting no matter how many times you stop!
This might be the end for many, but not you.
This is NOT where you Quit!
P.S. If you’re lacking the ‘motivation’, check out: The Myth of Motivation & How to Actually Get S#%T Done!
Bonnie J. Skinner
B. Skinner Coaching & Psychotherapy