Everyone has goals, dreams, & plans. Where things get tricky is in trying to realize them. It's so easy to feel swamped & overwhelmed at the beginning of any project. That's why we always simplify as much as possible, breaking everything down into manageable elements you can tackle every day with no sweat.
We also want to introduce you to the ideas & actions we'll be presenting in our new year's course:"28 Days To A Healthier You". We've put together everything you'll need to take the steps that will get you from where you are-to where you want to be.
In what we call our modules, our first is chatting about finding your "Why", & of course, your "Motivation". The most important way to set your self up to succeed is to examine why you want to engage, & what is motivating you to take action. Once you've clarified what's prompting you, you can use the information to tailor your unique path to success, & format the steps you'll need to get you there.
We break it down further into 5 concepts, the first of which is our topic today on setting yourself up to succeed, & not sabotaging your efforts. The best way to ease into any important project is to set as much as you can down in black & white. Everything from why & what motivates you, to logistics like how much time, money & effort it will reasonably take, to what changes will occur in daily life as a result of the project plans, to what you will do to maintain your success once you've arrived.
If you're comfortable with lists, that's an easy place to start itemizing. Perhaps you prefer a stream of ideas written up in your journal. It doesn't matter what format, just that you get to see your ideas, the pros, the cons, the ins & outs-all of it in front of you, so you can begin to streamline, add, delete or expound as need be.
Take your time. If you try to do too much, too fast, you'll burn yourself out quickly. Sleep on what you've written. Go back again in a day or two & look at what you've written with fresh eyes. Tweak where need be. Ask people you trust for realistic feedback & support. This is a major project, so treat it the way you would anything of real importance in your life.
Once you've finalized a reasonable game plan, it's time to make those bullet points come to life with actual practices. Remember what motivated you to begin with, & that should help keep you moving forward. You can check out our post on The Power Of Positivity for ideas to help keep you on track.
As you decide where,when & what to put into play, be reasonable, & kind to yourself. Sabotaging your efforts by putting too much on your plate leaves an awful feeling. Better to add a few pertinent changes or activities that you know you'll be able to incude in your everyday lifestyle.
For example: if you know that your mornings are too frantic for words, try getting up 30 minutes earlier to check off something new in your game plan. It doesn't matter if it's yoga, bill-paying, making lunches. or going for a walk with your dog. It only matters that you are reshuffling what's on deck, so you can control & accomplish more of what's important to you.
We can help with the details if you find yourself adrift, just email us at email@example.com. We've designed scads of project plans, from the minute to the extreme, so let us know if you need some back-up.
You'v got to start somewhere, & it's usually with a deep breath, & small, sticky steps. Once you've gotten the swing of it, you'll be able to add more, until you're completely comfortable rearranging & redsigning a lifestyle that suits you & your plans better!
Best, Patrick & Jo-Anna
TakeAway Tip-Let everyone in your everyday life know what your project plans are. Ask them for their support & encouragement. Convey how important it is to you to finally tackle this, & that this project is something that has become non-negotiable in ensuring your well-being.
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