I love how goals encourage us to make plans and to act on our dreams. Setting specific and measurable goals helps us to focus on how we spend our time and holds us accountable to make better choices. Goals help us to show up and get the work done.
But what happens when you just don’t feel like getting the work done? When you just don’t want to follow through?
Try taking the first step.
Take for example cleaning the house. My goal is to always have a clean house, but sometimes I just don’t feel like pulling out the vacuum, dusting, doing dishes and laundry. We all have those days, right? Rather than looking at it as an overwhelming project that I dread, I break it down into small steps. I say to myself, “I’ll just pull out the vacuum and at least get that done.” Next thing I know, the dishes are done, the laundry is washed and put away and I feel really good about it. All because I decided to take the first step. That first step gave me the momentum I needed to continue until I reached my goal.
The same goes for exercising, writing a book, building a business. You have a great idea for a book, but it’s challenging. There are a lot of components to writing and publishing a book, and some days you just don’t feel like sitting down to write the 500 or 1000 word goal you set for yourself. Start by opening your computer to a blank document. That’s it. Then type a few words. And a few more words. Next thing you know, you’ll have reached your goal because you built momentum by taking the first step — opening your computer.
You want to build a business. You have skills, a gift that will help others, but you just don’t feel motivated to write that blog post today, or reach out to a colleague, or publish that book that will establish you as an authority in your niche and help people transform their lives. Take a step back and think about one thing you can do today that will bring you a step closer to your goal. Just one thing. That’s it. Taking the first step will give you the momentum you need to take the next, and then the next after that. Pretty soon, you’ll be unstoppable!
Sometimes taking the smallest step in the right direction is all you need to get the ball rolling.
By showing up every day and doing the work — even when you don’t want to — you’re creating a behavior pattern. Changes are happening in your brain that turn the behavior into a habit. And once it’s a habit, it’ll be hard to slow you down.
Getting started on something new is difficult. It takes discipline. It takes determination. But if you can get yourself to take the first step, you’ll be well on your way.