I recently saw this quote on my Pinterest feed and it really resonated with me. “You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret to your success is found in your daily routine.” John C. Maxwell.
Whenever we strive to reach a new goal, we must consider what changes we’re going to have to make in our life in order to accomplish it. Let’s face it, there’s no way to reach a new result by doing the same behaviors we’re currently doing.
*New habits must often be learned and other habits must be stopped.
*We have to reevaluate how we’re spending our time and what our priorities will be.
*We may need more knowledge in a certain area or need support from loved ones.
*We have to be vulnerable and admit to ourselves (and others) that we don’t have all the answers and we aren’t where we truly desire to be yet.
*We have to face our fears and do it anyway! It’s so hard to move out of our comfort zones and take a risk. What if we fail? What will our friends and family think of our new ambitions? Will they be supportive or will they be critical and judgmental?
*We have to accept the fact that we can’t do it alone. It’s scary to ask other people to help us when we women are so determined to be self-sufficient. We want to be the caregiver and the nurturer, but sometimes it’s our turn to be on the receiving end. This can be an uncomfortable position for us to be in.
It is so hard to make dramatic changes in our behavior over night, which is why most people fail in reaching big goals. I realize that everyone is unique and has their own way of doing things, but most of us can’t just flip a switch a make all the necessary changes immediately.
Here is a quick breakdown of how we can tackle these challenges so we come out on the other end happy, proud and successful!
Six Small Steps to Huge Success
- Once you’ve determined your goal, break it down into small, manageable tasks. Each day, schedule in your calendar when you will work on 2 or 3 of these tasks. (Yes! Plan this time like you would plan any other meeting in your schedule! You’re important too!) Keep in mind, each of these tasks should only take about 15 minutes. This is an excellent way to keep yourself from getting overwhelmed with the sheer amount of work you have to accomplish in order to reach your goal. So, put on your blinders and get to work on those 2 or 3 small tasks.
- At the end of the week, look back and see what went well and what you may need to tweak. Did you end up doing only 1 task per day? Maybe you want to consider putting only 1 or 2 tasks on your daily list so you don’t feel defeated by lack of progress. Always keep in mind that slow progress is still progress!
- Did you make the best use of every possible minute of each day? Chances are you let some precious minutes (or hours!) slip through your fingers. To help you see where you may be wasting time, keep a Time Analysis Journal for 3 days. Set your alarm on your phone for every 2 hours throughout the day. When it goes off, pause what you’re doing and record how you’ve spent the last 2 hours. Did you end up spending 25 minutes in social media when you only intended to reply to one notification? Did you clean up your kid’s room for 30 minutes when you went to put away the laundry? It’s so easy to lose track of time, so this exercise is a huge eye-opener!
- Are you starting out your day in the most productive way? By simply incorporating a morning routine, you can skyrocket your focus and efficiency throughout the day. Here’s my suggestion: plan your day the night before so you can hit the ground running when the alarm goes off. No more wondering around aimlessly for 30 minutes trying to decipher what you should do first. Spending 10 minutes laying the foundation the night before allows your new day to take off smoothly. Also, consider doing your workout in the morning to really get the blood pumping and the energy flowing. There’s nothing like the adrenaline and endorphins kicking in first thing in the morning. You’ll feel so accomplished and motivated to tackle anything else on your to-do list after you’ve gotten your sweat on!
- Do you pause during the day do allow your brain to recharge? There is a theory called “the law of diminishing return” which is defined in the dictionary as, “a point at which the level of profits or benefits gained is less than the amount of money or energy invested.” In other words, if you force yourself to keep working without taking a break, your mind isn’t working up to it’s fullest capacity. Therefore, you may be spending the time “working”, but you’re getting less than 100% out of it. As counter-intuitive as it seems, you’re much better off walking away from the office for 5 minutes and coming back refreshed and energized. The five minutes you “wasted” by not working will be made up by the more efficient and focused work your refreshed brain will do after you return. Try doing this every hour...work for 55 minutes and take a 5 minute break. Again, I’m a huge believer in setting alarms. Thank goodness for smartphones!
- Mindset is everything. The phrase, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right” is so true! Your brain doesn’t know whether what you’re telling it is reality or not, so if you’re constantly thinking you can’t achieve your goal, your brain interprets that as truth. Keep your eye on the prize and visualize how you will feel once you accomplish your goal. Hold on to that emotion and soon you’ll be experiencing it for real! Develop a personal mantra, such as, “I am focused, strong and determined. I get closer to my goal everyday!” Repeat your mantra to yourself when things get tough and you feel like quitting. You wouldn’t be human if you didn’t have some low times throughout your journey. The key is to not beat yourself up about it when you stumble, just get up and keep going.
I guarantee if you keep these 6 steps in mind on a daily basis, you will notice massive accomplishments in a matter of weeks. Take it one hour, one day, one week at a time and soon you’ll be right where you desire to be.
You’ve got this, Supermom!
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