Its 2017, and if history holds true, chances are New Years resolutions are in abundance right now. The “New Year, New You” thing gets people plenty excited to get out there and crush the month of January. What is often overlooked, unfortunately, is the follow-through of February to December.
There is a flaw in this thought process, and it isn’t what you might think. My initial thought was that maybe so many people fail to accomplish their resolutions, or if they do, they are extremely temporary, because they bit off more than they can chew. The goals they set out to accomplish are too big. That isn’t the case at all. As I have found in my life, and as our guests on the Feed Me Fuel Me podcast have alluded to over and over, there is no such thing as a goal that is too big. Absolutely not!
It sounds cliche’, but if you shoot for the moon, you’re bound to at least hit a star. This is where the magic lies. This is what makes or breaks people in seeing a resolution through to the end or falling short, and waiting until 2018 to start all over again.
While the goal may be way out there, a daunting task, at first glance insurmountable, the first priority is simply getting started by taking the first step. Try not to get bogged down in what you don’t know. When you embark on this journey, there will inherently be an element of education and self-discovery that occurs. If the goal is worthwhile, chances are you that you are not equipped in the present to accomplish it. If that was the case, you’d have knocked it out of the park already. So just know, that you will have to experience some growth along the way. That should never be a deterrent. And it if is, you’re pursuing the wrong stuff anyway.
Now, here is the key ingredient in a successful resolution. As you experience the aforementioned growth, stop and take a look back at where you started and appreciate where you are now. There are things that you will be required to do, learn, or put in place that facilitate your goal. You will have to step outside your comfort zone. You might have to meet people, establish relationships, and make connections. You may even have to admit to yourself that you don’t know everything. As those elements present themselves, and you come out on the other side unscathed, stop and give yourself a pat on the back. Good for you!!
When I decided I was going to start my business, I realized how much work it was going to take, and it almost scared me a away from getting started at all. But through quality mentorship, and asking a lot of questions, which if I’m being completely honest, looking for answers that would talk me out of being a business owner, I found that most responses were some variation of “Why not? You’ve got time and energy on your side”. So I convinced myself that no matter how small or how big, I would accomplish something for my non-existent gym each and every day, until it became real. It really did not matter if it was a chapter read in a book, a new certification, an interview, or simply sketching a potential logo that I would throw away later. If I sent an email to someone I knew that had been there before me, I won. If got to sit down with fitness manager of the gym I was training at and ask some questions about operations, I won. If I sketched out a potential diagram for the layout of the gym, I won. If I bought a book about business, personal growth, or training, guess what, I won.
Those small wins over the past 7 years, day in and day out have lead to a thriving business, an amazing network, and opened the door to an abundance of new opportunities ripe for the picking. If I had simply focused on the big goal, I would have been overwhelmed and lost motivation very quickly. Taking a look at the small wins, and appreciating their accomplishment, keeps you present in the moment. Even if you’re climbing Mt Everest, the only way to get there is one step at a time, and not every step is as easy as the last. You’ll be met with challenges. Get knocked off course. And even stop to take a break a time or two. Nevertheless, you are further along than you would have been had you never started. There is something to be said for that.
Add up all those steps and experience major accomplishment! Its all about the small wins!