Did you make a big New Year’s Resolution this year?
Maybe it was to start a weekly blog. Maybe it was to only work 25 hours a week. Maybe it was to finally take your business to that next level.
We tend to make big resolutions at the beginning of the year.
And why not? We have an entire year to complete them. That may sound like a good thing at first but a few days into the new year, reality sets in and you realize you've made a big resolution...and a year is a long time.
Sticking to writing a blog once a week for 52 weeks sounds daunting, doesn’t it? As does creating a 25 hour work week. And how about taking your business to that next level --- that sounds like it could involve a lot of work!
It’s no wonder New Year’s resolutions are broken before the end of January.
Instead of taking it one year at a time, try taking it one week at a time.
Yes, your end goal (because yes, you will take that resolution and turn it into a goal and apply the SMART technique will still be big, but instead of being overwhelmed about how to deal with it, you could break it up into weekly steps.
By focusing on just one week at a time, each step you take will be less daunting and much more manageable.
Once you make it to the end of a week, challenge yourself to stick to your goal for another week. It won’t take long before you start to see some progress. This method alone can be very motivating because you'll see results each and every week. Keeping track of that weekly progress will be exciting, especially at the end of the first month when you look back to see all the steps that you've taken!
But the positive effects of taking it one week at a time don’t end there.
As you stick to following your weekly action steps, they will soon become daily habits for you. Habits that are created by you and are in alignment with --- you guessed it --- your large goal!
When you choose to focus on weekly action steps, you'll love that feeling of accomplishment that each executed step delivers. That will energize you to keep going. Also, the clarity of having that large goal chunked into smaller steps is priceless!
You've now created healthy, manageable, action steps towards the large goal. Those action steps will become easier to stick because you're seeing positive results of getting closer to the end result.
Before you know it, the end of the year will roll around and you'll realize that, by using this method, you've accomplished so much.
And you did it, one week at a time, without the overwhelm!
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