Most of us want to change our lives… whether that means losing weight, getting healthier, finding a better job, paying off our debt, moving to a different town, developing better habits, becoming more disciplined, getting more organized, and so on.
Rarely is it possible to overhaul our lives overnight. Instead, change is often the result of small tweaks that happen over and over again for a long period of time.
Those little day in and day out things you do can add up to the major success over time. It’s hard to stick with it and it can feel daunting if you have so far to go to be where you want to be.
I was reading Laura Vanderkam’s new ebook (What the Most Successful People Do At Work) recently and she interviewed Chalene Johnson about her productivity and time management. I thought one thing that Chalene does was especially brilliant. She said that she makes yearly goals and then she challenges herself to do three small things every day to move toward those goals. She writes these three things down and she makes them a priority for her day.
That sounds so simple and doable, doesn’t it? And it means that every day — even if you only accomplish one of the three things — you’ve made a tiny step in the right direction.
If one of your goals this year is to pay off $5000 in debt, today you could:
If you’re working on getting up earlier, today you could:
1) Make a list of 3 things you want to do when you wake up in the morning.
2) Text a friend and ask if she’ll be your accountability partner.
3) Skip that 4 p.m. cup of coffee so you are able to wind down earlier.
If you’re trying to lose weight, today you could:
1) Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
2) Drink a glass of water instead of soda pop.
3) Eat a salad for lunch.
What is one of your big goals right now? What are three simple things you can do today to move you closer toward that goal?
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