New Year’s Day always tends to make me reflective and as you guessed since tomorrow is the start of 2015 that I’m in a particularly reflective mood. Last night, I was thinking about personal change and why more people do/don’t change or do/don’t improve themselves. Following this line of thought I decided to do a non-research quality poll and asked my Facebook friends a question.
If you could only make yourself 25% better, does improving your health by 25% have value to you? Or if you can’t be a 100% better, are you tempted to do nothing?
Do you truly believe that you can make something better, or are you skeptical? Give your skepticism a percentage, as in that it’s probably true that I can make something better, but I’m 40% doubtful.
My hypothesis (yes, it needs refinement, so please help with feedback)
The fear of failure and pain of change outweigh the perceived benefit of incremental improvement. The more people doubt complete success the more likely they are to stay the same.
Why should you care?
I believe that incremental improvement is the name of the game. Working on something every day, even if only for a short period of time will result in measurable improvement. As the saying goes, “Consistency is king.”
We all have things that we could be better at or things that need to be changed. Showing up each day and doing the work will make success a reality.
I want you overcome any doubts you have. I want you to forget about striving for perfection, but rather focus on the small changes that over time will give you success.
What you should do…
Pick a goal in the various categories of life such as health, career, social, spiritual, family, etc. Basically, I want you working on 3-5 goals at a time just each one in a different category.
Maybe your goal is to lose 20 pounds, OR earn an extra $10,000 next year, OR be present for your family.
First, you have to identify the goals. Next break it down into monthly, weekly, or even daily tasks that will allow you to complete your goal. For instance, 20 pounds isn’t going to magically fall off, but losing two pounds per week is a realistic progression.
Check out the picture for a little goal that I just started working towards. The dude on the left is Ido Portal, a movement guru, and the one on the right is me. The pose Ido is demonstrating is called the “Diagonal Stretch” and what I’m doing is trying not to fall over.
To correctly perform the Diagonal Stretch, the front leg is straight and fingers are touching the heel on the rear foot. So in the picture with the left foot forward, the left hand would be touching the right heel. The regression that I’m currently at is to have the front leg knee bent and touching the back of the rear leg’s knee (left hand to back of right knee). There are basically six levels: front knee bent with hand to back of knee, then hand to back of calf, then hand to heel, and then start over with front leg straight. I’m at the first level. I honestly don’t know how long it will take me to get to the full pose, but I’m going to spend 5 minutes on the morning and 5 minutes in the evening working towards it.
What goals are you going to work on for 2015? What can I do to help you reach them?
Get started today! And Happy New Year!