Three Secrets to Following Through on Your Next Challenge
If you’re anything like me (or at least a-few-years-ago me), you’ll read something with brilliant strategies for clearing clutter (or making more money, or generating more business, or getting your kid’s lunches together in half the time) and you’ll feel a surge of excitement, ear mark or clip out the piece, maybe even post about it, and then… somehow.. you don’t quite make it happen. It’s not that you don’t have the very best of intentions. Maybe you even put it on your to-do list for the next day. Maybe you even try one thing you read one time, but can’t quite seem to get follow-through. Why? Because you’re human! We gravitate towards the familiar, even when the familiar is no longer working for us. (Hence part of the reason those NYE resolutions may be out the window by the 3rd.)
Here are three SECRETS to seeing simple long-standing challenges through to completion.
· Get out a piece of paper, and break it down into baby steps. And once you think you have your baby steps, break it down some more. Each item on your list should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete. And spend no more than ten minutes on this task either. Plan a small reward to offer yourself when you complete every item on the list.
· Mark down a specific time ten minute block on your calendar every day this week to tackle one item from that list. Then DO IT. (a big part of this process is training your brain that you can and will follow-through.)
· Reward yourself when the task is complete!