If you’re like most people, you’re probably a bit disappointed and frustrated right about now.
It’s a few months into the new year, and you’re already losing traction on at least one of your new year’s resolutions. You’re not where you hoped you’d be, or you’ve thrown in the towel already.
The problem for many of us is that we set ambitious goals that are nearly impossible to achieve. Think about it:
- Are you a fast food junkie who’s now trying to eat 100% healthy foods?
- Are you a compulsive spender who’s now trying to stick to a barebones budget?
- Are you a clutter magnet who’s now trying to maintain a Martha Stewart home?
And once you mess up just one time, it’s tempting to get sucked into self-doubt that leads to even more mistakes.
But you can break this ugly new year’s resolutions pattern.
You can make big changes in your life. In fact, you can do it without any of the stress and self-flagellation. The trick is to realize that it’s rare that people successfully make those big changes overnight.
That’s where the magic of micro-actions comes in. [Read more…]