Make a big impact over time!
You don’t need to completely transform yourself all at once to make a big impact. Most people who try this, fizzle out in a short period of time. Drastic, sudden change is often rejected by the habits we have so deeply ingrained in our subconscious, that we tend to fail miserably, or fall back into our old habits.
Slow and Steady!
Instead, I challenge you to just take one new habit or skill you want to achieve your goals. Then work on only that one thing. Maybe it’s to read more. Perhaps it is to work on getting over fear. It could be trying to learn a new language. Bottom line, just make it a small change.
Get to work!
Once you have picked something you feel will make the largest impact, break down your new habit or skill into bite sized chunks. Little by little you will begin to change. You will eventually replace bad habits with good ones. (For an amazing book on habits and how they work, I highly recommend “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg)
Rinse and Repeat!
As you master each new skill or habit, you gain momentum. Before you know it, the person looking back in the mirror is a completely different person than when you started.
Be patient but persistent. By purposeful in your decision making. Drive towards your goals. Push yourself to succeed and never give up.
Don’t Give Up!
Rebuilding your life is going to take a lot of work in the beginning. However, a lesson I learned from Darren Hardey’s “The Compound Effect”, as you start making progress, momentum will start to build. Soon doing what was once impossible, begins to become routine.
I talk a lot about mindset in this blog post.
For more on how to stay on track, see my blog post here.