I’m traveling for work this week. Checking into the hotel I ask the clerk if there is a store nearby where I can pickup a few extras. “Sure”, he says, “just a mile up that road. Very easy.” I thank him and started walking out the door he had indicated, which is directly opposite of the parking lot. “Wait. It is farther if you walk.”
I had been sitting for fourteen hours on planes, in cars and in conference rooms today. A little longer walk sounded ok. Funny thing. It turned out to be a mile whether I drove or walked.
How many times in life do we make things seem longer depending on how we get there?
I published my first book, Greater Than, 3 weeks ago and I’ve averaged 100 downloads a week. Thank you to everyone who helped get the word out.
Did you know that a third of people who made New Year’s Resolutions have already dropped them? Greater Than has a lot of tools and tricks that can help. Please share this link. Someone you know may need the help.
I’ve started working on my second book, all about breaking bad habits. What bad habits are you trying to break? What strategies have you used to break bad habits before? What has worked for you? What are your obstacles?
Many of us have started New Year’s Resolutions again this year. One of the most common reasons that we fail to achieve our resolution is that we try for too much at once. The trick to build sustainable change in your life is to break down the habits you are either trying to change or add to your life into as small bits as you reasonably can. Then work on the easiest one of those bits. Once that becomes a habit, then add the next easiest.
For example, I know someone who is working to cut sugar dramatically out of her diet. She doesn’t have a “sugar habit.” She has a series of habits built around sugar. For example, she takes one of those fiber bars with her when she picks up the kids and another fiber bar when she goes to bed. She has a dessert nearly every night. There are other pieces but this is enough for an example. The fiber bar that she has right before bed is the easiest one for her to go without. That is the one she is dropping first.
Today is New Year’s Day. It is day made for change and recommitment. Chapter 8 from Greater Than seemed appropriate for today. The book is available on Amazon today for free. I hope you enjoy it.
Have a wonderful, challenging and productive New Year!!!
Chapter 8 – Today is greater than tomorrow
“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” – Pablo Picasso
Too frequently we get stuck in analysis paralysis. Not only does this phrase rhyme and roll off the tongue nicely, it succinctly sums up what many of us do at some point in our lives. Analysis paralysis is when we are too afraid to move forward, we use “not having enough information” as an excuse to not take any action. It sounds like, “I’ll start my diet once I read the book on the caveman diet.” Of course, after they read the caveman diet, they will put it off another week because they need to go shopping for special caveman food. I don’t know what caveman food is. I haven’t read the book. And then they…… I don’t know what it will be but it will be some excuse to not take action. Of course, people say these things while eating their eighth slice of cake from their failure party.
How do you avoid analysis paralysis? Break your goal down into small pieces. Some pieces will require more information. Some won’t. Start working on those pieces where you know enough today to take some action. Any action. For those pieces that you need to know more, define exactly what you need to know just to take one more step forward. Once you learn a little, take a step forward. Learn more, then take another step. The important thing is to take action today.