One at a Time

What’s one thing that will derail your goal faster than anything else?

Taking on too much.

Why do resolutions fail? Because we usually make three or five or ten. That’s a list of wants and wishes, not a goal with a strategic plan.

Try this. Make a list of things you would like to accomplish. Maybe it’s losing weight, getting organized, volunteering, and writing a book.

Now, pick one.

Yes. Just one. Mark everything else off the list.

Now, make a list of strategies to make that one thing happen. For example, if your goal is to lose weight, you might list things like, take up running, go to the gym, eat healthier, give up desserts…

Okay. Let’s take it a step further. Pick one thing and mark everything else off the list.

I can hear the groans. It will take too long! I want results now! But we all only have so much will power to go around. Focusing on one thing increases our odds of achieving our goal.

So if you go to the gym, focus this entire month on getting to the gym three times a week. No matter what happens, that’s your number one goal. If you happen to eat a little healthier too, great. But your only goal is that one thing.

Next month, now that going to the gym is starting to feel like a normal part of your routine, choose one more thing to add.

Now imagine how your life might look different this time next year.

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