So it is february, how are those resolutions coming? I simply ask because according to statistics, 42% of you have moved on from your resolution. This is Interesting, considering we have completed ~ 8% of the year. (http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/). However, maybe you are different, perhaps you have actually followed some of the advice of I wrote in my previous article.
For those of you who did not get the opportunity to read my last post, here is a quick review of what helps us attain our goals: Specificity, Action Oriented, Measurable, Small. Now many of you may have found that you have yet to initiate your goals. This can be the death of many resolutions and it is referred to as procrastination. We all have fallen victim to the seduction of putting goals and aspirations off for later. Here are some concepts to get the ball rolling.
Break apart your goal and start small. Now this was discussed in the goal setting section, but many of you may have been reluctant to aim low. In today’s society we often pride ourselves on ambition and grit, “aim high”. Well I am here to let you know that ego is the enemy, and also a great book by Ryan Holiday. In any case, slow down, most “experts” will progress you towards the ultimate direction you are aiming for in the long run.
I would even say take a step lower. If you have found yourself less inclined to begin, set the bar lower, and then drop another notch. This sets in your mind a goal you are confident of completing.
Another measure you can take to budge the wheels of progress can be talking to friends, family, and colleagues. If you mention your goals and keep others informed of the progress you are trying to make, you become more accountable. Having your colleagues check in with you keeps your goals at the forefront. Creating goals that involve others can also be a benefit. When your goals revolve around other people, accountability shifts.
Set a timeline and impose deadlines on yourself, here is a great TED talk : Tim Urban: Inside the mind of a master procrastinator. I hope you can take the time to watch it. Understanding that we have a finite amount of time that we can really help motivate you to begin, this can create the impetus and break the threshold.
For more information about reducing the barriers to action and improving the lack of procrastination here is a link to a fellow that I’m a big fan of...