“When it’s obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” – Confucius
At the beginning of February is when many of us realize that along with January, one or two of our “resolutions” have come and gone. It’s at this point we tend to feel terrible about ourselves and give-up entirely – not a recipe for a good mood.
If you presently find yourself in this situation, we here at Lifetherapy would like to remind you that while you may have lost the January battle, you haven’t lost the year's war. More important, however, is to consider the possibility that you may have had too many things you were trying to change all at once.
To get yourself out of the “I can’t stick to anything!" blues (and back on track), take out your list of goals/resolutions/whatever you call them, and pick one that's A) something you really, truly want and B) something you can break into bite-sized pieces, Bird by Bird style.
For instance, if one of your goals was to start exercising, did it sound something like “Get up every morning at 5 AM and do an hour of cardio or weight training?” If so, think of adjusting your mindset (and goal) to accommodate getting up at 5:30 AM and doing seven minutes of something.
Seven minutes of cardio. Seven minutes of arms-only weight training. Seven minutes of deep breathing and abs. (Also, we can testify that wearing this makes it much more fun.) You get the idea; small, manageable increments of just seven minutes, which can be applied to almost any goal.
Starting is always the hardest part, but once that first small step is made, you may be surprised by how you’ll likely begin to log more than seven minutes toward your goal, day by day.
Seven minutes becomes an hour before you know it – #Goal accomplished!