For the past three weeks, I have been on my honeymoon with my wife but sadly our honeymoon has come to an end.
We traveled around New Zealand South Island in a campervan. It was stunning. The landscape is enthralling and magical. From one side of the coast of flat farmlands and Victorian-era buildings to rigid vast mountain ranges stretching through the west coast like the spine of a human body.
This trip was nothing short of my expectations and I can’t wait for the next chapter in our life.
When we arrived home, it made me realize that I have some goals I need to attend and prioritize, and in any decision to change something, it needs to be simple and easy to achieve.
In order to achieve a goal—whether it’s to run more, spend time with family, read more or finish writing a novel— start with a single change.
It should be a small first step. It could be to run for ten minutes; spend ten minutes writing, or read for twenty minutes a day.
To turn changes into habits, it’s important to make the change small and address one thing at a time.
Here are four steps to help make that change in your life to achieve your goals:
1. Start very small.
2. Do only one change at a time.
3. Be present and enjoy the activity (don’t focus on results).
4. Be grateful for every step you take.
The beauty of the method is that its smallness removes the problems that result from the results which too often leave people overwhelmed by the task in hand, or swamped by a sense of failure.
The change should be so small it’s not hard to do. What takes rigor, for people drenched in stimuli and commitments, is identifying something that is truly small enough.
Now that I am back from our honeymoon, it’s time to grab hold of these small changes to achieve the bigger goals at hand.
What goals do you want to achieve? and what small changes will you make?
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