This is a Straightforward Guide How To Start & Finish Anything:
In 5 Effective Steps
S. Shoot for accountability
This is the most fundamental step of starting anything: a project, a career change, a personal transformation, even a new relationship.
We have to stay accountable that we are moving from wishful thinking to practical execution. Knowing what needs to get done is far different from doing it. Depending on your personality, staying accountable might mean different things. Some folks are innately more disciplined than others and can get away with merely adding a note on their calendar. If you feel hesitant to depend on other people to keep you accountable, do it yourself but be very strategic about it.
For example: if you have been meaning to fix your car “forever”, adding a reminder on your phone that says “fix my car” is not helpful. Our brain does not follow ambiguous massages; it only follows clear instructions within a specific context.
A much more useful reminder would be “reminding myself to fix my car by Friday,” followed by a reminder “did I do it yet?” It is likely that you will feel quite uncomfortable if you don’t follow your own instructions. I mean, who else would take us seriously if we don`t keep our own word?!
T. Tune in to your “why”
Let’s move on to step two: finding your “why.”
Whether you want to fix your car to prevent future damage, or you want to shed stubborn weight/change your job/travel more/learn a new language/etc, you can’t start without being clear on your “why.”
I am sure you’ve encountered people who keep talking and talking about the vacation they wish to take or the healthier diet they are eager to adopt, without doing anything about it. Why? Because they are not clear on their why.
To achieve clarity and solidify your motivation to s.t.a.r.t, take your journal, and answer these questions with your complete honesty and undivided attention.
- 1) My decision to start… (fill in the blank)
- 2) By starting this…, I am looking to achieve…
- 3) Starting this… is important to me because….
- 4) Once I start…I am going to feel more
(accomplished/disciplined/in shape/… choose the emotion that describes you best) in my life
- 5) Starting this… is important to me because….
- 6) If I don’t start right now, I will feel….
(defeated/fearful/unfulfilled/far away from my goals/...choose the emotion that describes you best)
A. Aim for consistency
I know that you know that knowledge alone doesn’t equal behavior change.
Even after you have established accountability and are clear on your why, you still need to do it. Some projects get done in a day while others require our full commitment for an extended period of time. Before you start, decide what you want, then break it down to an attainable goal. Instead of planning to remodel your entire home in one day, which sounds intimidating from the very beginning, make sure your goal is specific, measurable and achievable, realistic and time-bound. (read more here ).
R. Regain responsibility
Regaining responsibility stands for regaining control of your life. We are all human; we all experience days when procrastination seductively creeps in tempting us to give in. However, if you are committed to yourself, you regain your motivation much faster than if you were not responsible for your actions.
The power is in you; you just have to seize it.
T. Take action RIGHT NOW!
Whatever you would like to s.t.a.r.t, do it now. Write down your goal, call a friend, do a google search, order a book, talk to your spouse, go for a walk to clear your head, move your body, eat your veggies… Whatever it takes to get you started, do it. And do it now.
~ There is never a more in/convenient time than now.Tweet
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