When you’ve hit the end of another big year, full of ups and downs and you have come to the “resolution” crossroad, do you make a promise of living a healthier lifestyle again this time around?
What if instead of resolving to eat or drink less, lose X-amount of bodyweight, or to go to the gym X-times a week, you simply committed yourself to tomorrow?
I have never been one to tick over with the new year and get to work formulating an elaborate resolution, and slave to accomplish the mammoth task in that same new year. Instead, I have often opted to be at peace with taking one day at a time to accomplish smaller, more tangible objectives.
Why go about the new year in this way?
Two of the most common issues with setting a new year’s resolution are:
The overall goal is too broad or generic and is hence made harder to qualify, quantify and measure on a regular basis (to track your progress and keep you motivated).
The overall goal has no real-world consequence or built in accountability to keep you on the path to the greater you.
I understand it may seem like a lot of extra steps in setting your new year, new you goals, but look at your track record on goals that have been followed to fruition. You see my point?
So, what if…
What if instead of setting a goal for the year, you set a goal for tomorrow?
You sit down tonight, and you plan for just one thing that will have a positive impact tomorrow and a waterfall effect on the days to come?
What if tomorrow’s goal was built upon the next day with a single following goal?
The goal you accomplish tomorrow sets you in a positive snowball and motivates you to see through to the following day’s goal, as above.
What if tomorrow’s goal was at it’s core a simple to measure, accountability driven task that builds towards big change?
The goal you choose to accomplish is not some convoluted and difficult to understand sequence of tasks, but a simple, single public action with a reward/consequence that you can feel and observe.
I know it to be a richer experience when you feel good about the work you do. And more often than not it is motivation in itself to do MORE. So rather than build up a behemoth goal - that you will look back upon in the months to come as you sit by idly, not completing it - instead build yourself up each day with a simple to complete goal for tomorrow.