Time goes by, day after day, year after year. Frequently we find ourselves with the same goals again and again. Lose weight, eat healthier, get stronger, faster, sleep more, be happier, and on and on we go.
Some goals take years, or longer, but most of us don’t think that far down the road. If we did, we probably wouldn’t wait so long to get started. I’m talking about those “yearly” goals. Or the things you want that you know you can achieve in less than 12 months.
Those 12 months always seem to go by so fast though. Seems like just yesterday…..
Anyway, it goes by fast, we know that, those goals get pushed to the side, and we find ourselves sitting in the same spot as last year.
It’s easy to look back and say what we could’ve or should’ve done. Beat up on ourselves, get frustrated, mad, disappointed.
I want you to look back and just think small. If your goal was to lose weight and you didn’t, think of how happy you’d be if you just lost 1lb a month for the last 12 months. That’s 12lbs. And you know losing 1lbs a month isn’t that hard. You wouldn’t need a complete overhaul of your life. Losing 1lbs in a month is a matter of making a handful of better decisions over the month. Maybe improving 1 meal a day, maybe turning down a couple drinks each week, a couple deserts. Getting up to workout that 1-2 days when you hit snooze instead.
If you wanted to get stronger or add muscle. You know it’s not hard to add 5lbs to your squat in a month. Over a year that’s 60lbs improvement. That’s just a matter of making a little improvement each time. Using those 2.5lbs plates, really “going for it” a couple times a week. Getting a workout in on a Friday after missing the whole week instead of telling yourself “I’ll get back after it Monday”.
After all, as they say, the journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step. And whether you’re losing weight, getting stronger, or walking a 1000 miles, it’s little moves forward added up over time.
1-2 things each day, little steps, little improvements, barely noticeable. These little improvements snowball over time, and become big improvements. Barely noticeable at first and undeniable over time.
Did I do 1 thing to help me reach my goal today?
So this year, instead of rushing to achieve your goals, set some for next year at this time. Remind yourself of how you felt this year, at this time. Remind yourself you won’t repeat it again. You will make little improvements, and celebrate those, because you know when you add them up at the end of the year, when you break open that piggy bank you’ve making little investments in over the year, you’ll have a wealth of improvement to add up. Ask yourself each day: “Did I do 1 thing to help me reach my goal today?” Answer yes everyday and that’s 365 things, you know that’ll add up!