Your New Year’s Evolution
Have you already set your New Year’s resolutions? Or are you still thinking about what they will be?
Either way, I encourage you to stop and consider thinking about things in a new way!
Instead of resolving to make one or more huge modifications that are supposed to transform your life (and feeling guilty after you don’t even get through the first week of the year before reverting to your old habits), pick one, SMALL thing that you can work to change. Focus on this and reward yourself every time you act upon it.
What you’ll discover is that this “thing” will become easier and easier to do (or not do). Days will turn into weeks, weeks will turn into months, and before you know it, you’ll have achieved your goal. Best of all, you’ll have minimal stress, guilt, and anxiety along the way.
This is what I call a New Year’s EVOLUTION, and I believe it is a much more desirable aspiration than the traditional New Year’s resolution. Evolution occurs little by little, over time. It is subtle, yet steady. In contrast, revolution occurs quickly, but it is often violent and painful. If you choose the path of evolution over revolution in your life, you’ll avoid overwhelm. More importantly, you’ll be much more likely to succeed.
For example, instead of resolving to “stop procrastinating” this year, pick one thing that you procrastinate on, figure out why you avoid doing it, and create a plan to reduce, if not eliminate this tendency:
- Ask yourself if there’s anyone else who could – or should – be doing this task instead of you. If the answer is yes, find that person and get him or her to work on it!
- If delegation of the task is not an option, ask yourself if there’s anything that you like, or at least don’t dislike, about the thing you procrastinate on. List everything you can think of. The next time the pesky task comes along, focus on one or more of the things on this list when you tackle it.
- If you can’t think of a single thing that will make the task more palatable for you, then make your reward for finishing it a big one – something that is sure to inspire you!
The most important thing to remember is that you want to take baby steps instead of quantum leaps when you look to make profound changes in your life. And you want to be sure to make yourself feel good with every step you take!
Monique Y. Wells is the founder of Making Productivity Easy and the Doing What Matters™ mentoring program.