Whew, it’s been a minute. How are you?
I’m still easing out of the holiday season and sloooowly releasing my tight grip on Christmas. Actually, I’m pretty excited for the new year.
How are you feeling about 2017?
The attitude I’m adopting in 2017 can be summed up by a quote from Amelia Earhart: The most effective way to do it, is to do it. (I tweeted that the other day!).
I love this quote because it reminds us that accomplishing our goals happens in the moment, not at some vague point in the future. When you take action on your goals little by little instead of putting them off or assuming that you’ll get to them some day, somehow, you make progress and get your sh*t done!
It’s so easy to create goals or resolutions for ourselves, and not actually take action on them. It’s easy to just think about our goals, maybe do a little work towards them here and there, then get distracted or go back to doing what’s comfortable. When we do this, we never actually accomplish or experience the things that we want.
It’s also easy to overthink the best way to accomplish our goals. Sometimes we get so in our heads about how to take action, what may go wrong, and what others will think of us–that we want to jump back in bed and hide from the world. This tossing and turning keeps us stuck and scared, and then we barely make any progress.
What’s the solution? How do we make consistent progress on our goals? It’s simple: just start. Take small actions on your goals on a regular basis. As you take steps forward, the next steps become clear.
Let’s say that you want to be more organized around your finances. There are a TON of finance books, blogs, and resources you can use. But instead of obsessing about choosing the “perfect” or “right” resource, you just choose one or two that resonate most with you. And instead of just thinking about getting more organized around your finances, you just take action. Maybe instead of spending 10 mins of your work break on Youtube every day, you check your account balances. Maybe instead of just telling yourself that yes, you’re going to make a budget, you set a timer for 15 mins and make a list of all of your bills.
Think about a goal that you want to accomplish in 2017, or your New Years resolution. What’s one small action that you can take right now to make progress on that goal?