I know you’re sick of it.
You’ve been in the same place forever. You know it’s time to move on but you can’t seem to figure out how to really get things going.
Nothing seems to work.
You feel defeated every day. You’re at the point where you’re questioning your goals and dreams.
Can you even do what you want to do? Is getting to the level of success you’ve been dreaming about even possible?
Have you been kidding yourself this whole time?
Um, yeah you kind of have but not in the way you think.
You have a good idea of what you want and at least a few things you need to do to achieve it. So every now and then you’ll try out one of those things.
One day, you do a little bit. You plan on doing it again the next day but something comes up.
Your car needed brakes so you had to take it to the mechanic. After two hours and a couple hundred dollars later you don’t have the time or patience to continue yesterday’s activity.
Following a night’s rest, the third day comes around but you’re not in the mood for the new task. You want to take a steadier, comfortable approach to the day.
And just like that it’s over.
As quickly as it started, it ended.
It’s so much easier to slip back into old behaviors than it is to implement new ones. That’s why it took nothing for you to give everything up by the third day.
You had a plan for your day but one thing shook it up and you immediately wanted to go back to something you knew very well.
It’s like being on a merry-go-round. You’re sitting on the little fake horses, going round and round and up and down.
You may switch your seat on the ride but ultimately you’re in the place, going in circles, with a few ups and downs to mix things up.
Getting Off the Ride
Working on your goals every now and then isn’t going to get you any closer to them. You have to be willing to put forth effort every day. Not just when you feel like it.
Think about how long it would take you to finish school if you only went to class when the mood was right.
Yeah, you’d still be attending school now. And you wouldn’t even be half way through.
In order to achieve incredible change, having your life mirror your dreams, you have to be consistent with the work you put in.
And as much fun as a carnival ride can be at first, it gets old very quick. That’s why when you get older you’re not running to the line like when you were a kid.
You don’t even want to get on. You’ve had enough.
Just like you’ve had enough of being stuck.
It’s time to get unstuck in life and live how you’ve always dreamed. It all comes together with these:
Where Are You Headed?
Don’t think about where you want to be because where you’re headed and where you want to be can be two very different directions.
Where are you headed? Where are you going?
Consider the things that you’re doing now, on a daily basis. If you were to consistently continue those activities every day, where would you be in the next few years?
Now, is that where you want to be? I’m going to take shot in the dark here… the answer is no!
Your daily activities may seem insignificant but it’s the little things you do every day that add to the bigger picture.
Think about this, you’re in good health because you eat healthy meals each day and cheat maybe once a week. You wouldn’t have the same results if you ate junk food all week and binged on veggies and fruit one day a week.
Catch my drift?
Your daily habits and behavior have a huge impact on your life.
It’s Impossible to be Disciplined
I don’t know how those people do it. You know the ones who are so disciplined that they can implement basically anything new instantly.
That’s why I don’t rely on discipline. At least not at first, it’s just too hard when you’re trying something new.
It’s an uphill battle trying to be so strict with something so fresh to you.
Instead it’s easier to implement effective habits.
Try to do one new daily habit. If you miss a day don’t beat yourself up, just commit yourself to doing it the next day and be consistent until it’s a habit.
Let’s be Realistic
Shopping in a store is an enjoyable old school past time because you hand someone money and they immediately hand you want you want.
It’s instant gratification. Without any lag time you immediately get what you paid for. Bam! It’s in your hand.
No if, ands or buts about it.
But life doesn’t exactly work like that. Many things take time, especially change.
The good thing is, a bunch of little changes can add up to something quite impressive. However you’ll have to wait a bit that’s why consistency is so important.
When you’re not realistic with your expected time frames you get discouraged when things don’t pan as quickly as you thought. Then your consistency falls through the cracks and everything unravels.
The process of creation is time consuming but consistency and patience produce magnificent results.
Do It Now
You’re doing it again. Putting yourself on the back burner.
Tomorrow always seems like a good day to start something new or try again. But what about now? You aren’t doing anything anyway.
So now is the perfect time to start.
Each day and moment is the best time to build consistency and bring you closer to your goals. There is power in every minute.
Time lost is gone forever so make every moment count.
Once you’ve done it now, you have to figure out the best way to do it tomorrow and the days to follow.
You can always set up a reminder in that smartphone of yours but if you feel like that wouldn’t work well, use your existing habits and environment.
Plan to take act immediately before or after something you do every day, like brushing your teeth.
For instance, if you want less pet hair to accumulate on your floors, so that it doesn’t get everywhere else, a good reminder would be to sweep up before heading into the bathroom to brush your pearly whites.
You can try a million different things once but that isn’t going to get you anywhere. If you did one thing a million different times, you’d get a whole lot farther.
To really make an impact you have to be consistent about it in every way possible.
It’s easy to get discourage and question your ability to progress when you do one-off things and don’t see improvement from it. But don’t give up, instead commit to trying for a few more months.
You already know what will happen if you give up, slipping into the same old thing, staying stuck. But you’re done with that so don’t even consider it.
Consistency is your ticket out. It works for every single goal.
So if you want to be successful in anything be consistent in your efforts.
Are you doing something every day to bring your closer to your dreams?