Personal Growth Begins With Your Desire To Change
You’ll probably agree that starting projects can seem tough sometimes. You know what you need to do but – for whatever reason – you always manage to find something to keep you from getting started. Why do you think that is?
Not everybody has the “get up and go” gene built in. I know. I speak from experience. That´s why I decided to put together all the personal growth lessons I´ve learned over the years and develop a resource you can use that will hopefully make things easier for you.
You have the desire to change your life. That´s half the battle right there.
What´s missing is the right stimulation. On top of that, maybe you wish you had a plan you could follow or additional motivation to see you through.
Add to that our natural tendency to put things off until later and reaching your goals may seem nearly impossible.
So let´s start with that. The one characteristic that bogs so many of us down at one time or another: procrastination.
I´ve got a “no procrastination” solution that´s the possibly the easiest way to get the goals you´ve set started (and finished!) in good time.
Follow these suggestions and give yourself a good push in the right direction!
1. Identify the value. When trying to stop procrastinating, one of the first things to be conscious about is the value of the activity you’re avoiding. What will you get from it? How could it benefit others? What´s the true value of doing what you´ve set out to do?
- If the outcome is worthwhile to you, it makes sense to get started. After all, that’s the only way you’re going to finish!
- If you can’t identify the value, then it’s probably not worth doing. There are some things that are a complete waste of time.
- Think about whether the goal you´ve set can benefit others around you as well. Sometimes knowing what you want or need to do can be for the good of others eases the way to getting started.
2. Set a schedule. Sometimes you may hesitate to get started because you’re looking at the task as a humongous challenge. If a task seems too overwhelming, it’s much easier if you break it up and schedule it into parts.
- Break down your bigger goals into smaller, more manageable pieces.
- Prioritize them, set a schedule for completing them and stick to it.
- Pay no attention to what’s ahead of you. Take care of one step at a time to keep from feeling intimidated by your long-term goal.
Set realistic goals. Remember to always be realistic when setting goals. This means not giving yourself too much or too little time to complete a task. Be honest with yourself about what you can manage.
- What else is competing for your time? Is it more important than this current goal? Make that determination and act accordingly.
- Try to find the easiest and most complete way to get things done. Maybe your approach of doing things the hard way makes tasks seem insurmountable.
5. Reward yourself for achieving goals. Remember this psychology trick your parents used on you when you were a kid? Well, it actually works for you in adulthood! Reward yourself with something you love when you complete a task. It gives you something to work towards.
- Sometimes all you need is a break to rest. If you complete a task, you deserve the break!
- Avoid spoiling yourself. Make your rewards reasonable.
6. Do something enjoyable at the end of each day. At the end of each productive day, make time for something enjoyable. Do you have a favorite book? Or a dessert of choice? Use the end of the day to unwind.
- Treating yourself re-energizes you, allowing for more productivity the next day.
- For example, treat yourself and your friends to dinner and a movie. It helps you relax and regain your energy.
- Avoid looking at it as a reward for being productive. Instead, look at it as a deserved part of each successful day.
If you’ve been a procrastinator all your life, it will take a little time to break out of the habit. What’s important is that you truly have the desire to change life and are willing to take the steps necessary to do it…no matter how small!
Once you kick start your commitment, it will be easier to take the steps one day at a time.