What are your goals? What would you like to do more of in your life? What is stopping you?
The reason many of us don't do or start the things we want to is that they can seem overwhelming. The thought of getting fit, learning a new hobby or decluttering our home for example, can seem like a huge mountain to climb.
The key is in getting a balance between creating exciting goals and challenges and being realistic about how you are going to achieve them. Realism sometimes gets a bad name in personal development circles but without concrete ways to make your goals part of your daily life, you are less likely to succeed.
I shared in a recent post about my tendency to get very excited and motivated at the beginning of something new. I know that energy and enthusiasm is useful but my challenge is to learn how to sustain that over time so that it doesn't taper off when the initial excitement wears off. Here is how I have done that:
The Power Of Ten Minutes
Rather than thinking I have to do an hour of exercise, I now try to make sure I do at least ten minutes of exercise a day. I used to think that ten minutes wouldn't really be worth doing, but actually ten minutes a day adds up to an hour and ten minutes a week and I have found that I am more likely to be able to find the time to do it. I get out of bed and do yoga in my pyjamas sometimes, which brings me to my next point.
Make it easy for yourself to succeed. If you really don't like getting up in the morning, don't plan your new hobby for that time. If you find it easier to declutter when everyone else is out, schedule that time in then. Look at your day and see when the most suitable time is for you. I removed my obstacles of spending money on a yoga class and the time of doing a class each week by buying a yoga DVD to do my ten minutes of yoga each day. It has made it much more likely that I will continue to do it and has become something I look forward to each day and that I miss if I don't do it.
You don't have to stay at ten minutes if you want to do more, but embedding the ten minute habit to start with helps you to build momentum and your muscle around doing whatever it is you are doing.
Create A Habit
It is said that it takes thirty days to create a new habit. The idea is that you embed your ten minute habit into your life for thirty days and it will be easier to maintain. Once I got used to my ten minutes of yoga per day, it had just become something that I do each day now. I have lost weight, toned up and feel healthier than I have done in a long time.
What could you start doing for ten minutes a day? Ten minutes a day is seventy minutes a week, 280 minutes a month and 3360 minutes a year. Think of what you could achieve in that time!
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