Habits/Goals/ Behaviors seem hard to start and in too many cases hard to stop.
The following quote is from Jim Rohn (American entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker) –
“We've all heard the expression, ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away.' Well, I've got a good question for you: What if it's true? Wouldn't that be easy to do—to eat an apple a day? Here's the problem: It's also easy not to do.”
I have a belief, that we all can start a new habit/goal/behavior, and we can all set the process as easy as possible for achievement. However, as Jim Rohn pointed out eating an apple a day is easy to do, easy to measure and easy to accomplish, but it's also easy not to do.
Over the past years, I have posted thoughts about setting goals. I try to help set a foundation for others to get in the goal setting habit. Easy to do! Easy not to do! Less than 5% of people actually set and write goals down.
As a longtime member of Toastmasters, I remember a speech given about goals. I can't recall the speaker’s name, but it did stick with me.
The speaker said, start your habit/goal/behavior journey small. Pick one item to accomplish over a period of time — make it a 12 month period. Track your progress daily. If you miss a day or two don’t worry just keep going. I thought this was pretty simple basic — but, why not give it a try and get going.
At the time, I wanted to increase my daily reading habit. I thought reading 10 pages per day was doable — hoping to read about 10 books that year. It worked! Today I have a sustained reading goal of 15 pages per day, I've read a lot of books over the years.
“But as Jim Rohn would say, “What's simple to do is also simple not to do.” The magic is not in the complexity of the task; the magic is in the doing of simple things repeatedly and long enough to ignite the miracle of the Compound Effect.”
Begin now and have great satisfaction of accomplishment for 2020!