"Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment". Ralph Waldo Emerso
You’ve set your intentions, figured out your place in the world and are ready to go after what you want.
GREAT…AWESOME…WAY TO GO.
One caution though – Have you really determined the specific action steps you’re going to take? Have you set yourself up for a pattern of success right out of the gate? Do you really know what is going to happen when “The Rubber meets the road”?
One of the key tenets of “The 365 Effect” is the S.A.M. principle and how to apply it when crafting each specific commitment within a “The 365 Effect” program.
I can’t stress enough the SIMPLE aspect of this principle, too often people jump out of the gate with the best intentions but their goals and actions are simply unrealistic.
Too often I have heard “I will lose 50lbs in 3 months as a New Year’s Resolution” or “I will pay off all my credit cards in 90 days” or the even more familiar “I will stop being negative”.
It might even be you saying these things.
The most important thing you can do to ensure success is to build SIMPLE actions towards these goals. NOTHING and I say it again…NOTHING is more important than initial success for when that “Rubber first meets the road”.
This will be the foundation of your next 364 days.
You must build a “Success Mentality vs a Failure Mentality” early on. It’s what fuels you, what inspires you and ultimately what pushes you as you get closer to achieving your goals and dreams.
Do this quick test
Set a goal and it should be a super micro goal.
Here’s an example - I hear from people everyday who want to make fitness more of a priority in their lives and they want to set a simple goal of “Exercising everyday”.
Alas… it isn’t…
Most people immediately panic at the thought unless fitness is somehow already part of their daily routine. They stress themselves by worrying about leaving work early, paying a drop in fee at the gym, finding a babysitter, buying trendy fitness wear, how out of shape they are and the millions of other negative or distracting thoughts that jump into their heads. This is the NOISE that fills the air. It’s the Ether that numbs your senses.
Here’s how you can immediately SIMPLIFY that goal…
Boil down the goal of “Exercising everyday” into 1 simple action…. Just do:
1 walk around the block,
1 Jumping Jack,
1 situp etc, etc.
It’s that simple folks, don’t let the “noise” of all the Failure Mentality mindsets of the world clutter your ability to succeed.
If you perform 1 exercise you succeed in your goal. You can build on that success.
You can lay your head on the pillow that night knowing you accomplished your goal.
That accomplishment is money in the bank for the next goal or level of the goal that you aspire to achieve.
I love this quote:
"Whenever a warrior decides to do something, he must go all the way, but he must take responsibility for what he does. No matter what he does, he must know first why he is doing it, and then he must proceed with his actions without having doubts or remorse about them". Carlos Castaneda
Share with me your ACTIONS for when your rubber meets the road.
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