The Value in Doing (Anything) NOW
We’ve all heard it before; “I’ll start _____ tomorrow.” “Next week, I’ll finish ______.” “In 3 months, I’ll have ______”
You can fill in the blanks with whatever you like, but the reality is how often do those blanks become anything more than words on paper?
The reality is that most goals and resolutions are left unfulfilled and the prospect of, “tomorrow” is nothing more than a distraction and justification to avoid the very real and often risky work of doing. “Tomorrow” is a safeguard from failure.
Unfortunately, there is never going to be a perfect time, nor will the stars align in you favor, the exception being right now. With this in mind, what better now than the first of the new year, the Monday of year, week, and month all happening at the same time?
How are you making definitive progress towards your goals and resolutions? How will tomorrow be different from today? What can you do now to maximize what next month looks like, or the next 6 months? I have 5 simple steps to help you move forward.
1. Have Realistic Expectations
The odds are, the road to you goal will be bumpy. From setbacks, failures, and opposition, its all a natural part of progress. What doesn’t challenge you, won’t change you.
2. Make Time. Any amount will work, just do it.
5 minutes? 10 minutes? An Hour? Anticipate and strategize for things that might get in the way. If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve already got.
3. Start NOW
Seriously, stop reading and take an affirmative 5-minute action towards your goals. Write a plan, call a connection, make an appointment, etc. The post will always be here, your moment will soon be gone.
4. Expect Adversity
Resistance means you’ve started and are working towards a better result. Similar to starting in this specific moment, the resistance will only last until you’ve pushed through. Resistance is an opportunity for excellence and achievement
5. Find Help
Drop the hero act and find someone to support you. Whether it’s a friend, a family member, a coach, or workout partner, you’re not in this alone. Just as you’re likely to encounter resistance, it’s also likely you’ll find someone who has done what you’re trying and can help until you’re ready to help the next person.
"Don't be upset by the results you didn't get from the work you didn't do."
Adversity is opportunity. Seize it and thrive in finding comfort in discomfort.
Check back next weeks for some guiding principles towards mastering your progress towards your goals.