“By mid-January, 29 percent of respondents were no longer following their resolutions. By February, it was 36 percent. And by June, over half had given up.”
~Mona Chalabi, data expert
Pretty miserable figures, no? Is it possible to do better than what Mona’s uncovered about people’s behaviors and tendency to remain unchanged? How do we make that happen? Well, these are the secrets — not actually though they are certainly gamechanging — that are revealed in the video below!
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Hi everyone, this Anthem Salgado from ArtofHustle.com, business coach at your service. You’re watching this video because you have goals. That is the exact topic that we’ll be talking about today. Not necessarily focusing on your goals, but how to achieve your goals. And here are some very, very super simple, but I promise, extraordinarily powerful tips that you should be applying to your goal setting today.
- Tip number one: Use your calendar. I like the saying, “When you think it, it’s an idea, but when you write it down, it’s a plan.” This is the number one thing you have to do. You have to commit it to a particular date and time.
- Tip number two: Don’t just schedule it, as in “due date”. You must schedule the “do date”. When will you do it? What steps are you going to be taking to get to the final destination?
- Which leads us to tip number three: You must always break down your big projects into teeny tiny projects. If it remains large, I will pretty much guarantee you will not be able to accomplish it. And I’m not trying to be a Debbie Downer. It’s just because, technically speaking, you can’t accomplish a project all at once. It can only be accomplished in little steps along the way. So something I always encourage people to think about is: What is the next smallest, most actionable step that you can take? And that is the thing that ultimately shows up in your calendar.
So let’s say for example, you want to make an update to your website. Even though it seems simple, update your website is actually a gigantic project. It can be up to 20 pieces, and each of those 20 pieces can be broken down into 20 more pieces. Let’s say you need more new photos for your website. Do you have a photographer you know you want to work with? Let’s say you don’t. That means you’re going to have to do some research. How are you going to do some research? Let’s say your number one tool for doing research will be a search on Yelp. So now the most actionable, most simple step will be to research up to five of the top photographers in your area on Yelp. How long will that take you? Let’s say you imagine it will only really take you about 20 minutes. So that’s cool, book it for an hour. So in your calendar, on a particular day, and more specifically, at a particular time, you’ll block out an hour for you to sit down and look at Yelp. And at the very least, write down the names and contact information of the photographers that you may want to get in touch with. That’s it, keep it really simple.
Don’t Make It Harder Than Needed
A lot of times go-getters will make this mistake. They’ll say, “Oh my gosh, that’s too easy. Life shouldn’t be so easy, I should make things more difficult for myself.” And of course that’s crazy talk. The people who want to prove something to themselves, these are the folks who severely underestimate the amount of work it is. They don’t know what the first step is, and so they get overwhelmed, and then someone like me or some other accountability partner will check in, and say, “Hey, did you get that thing done?” And you’ll say, “I don’t know what happened. I got overwhelmed, I didn’t have enough time.” All of a sudden there’s all these excuses, and every time I hear those excuses, I always know it’s because the project didn’t get broken down. Whenever you find yourself not accomplishing a particular goal, just be kind to yourself, and recognize that it has nothing to do with you.
Keep It Simple
Some people say, “Well, I need to try harder.” Or, “I need to exercise more willpower. Or, “I don’t know what happened to my day, it just ran away from me.” No, no, no, it’s none of those things. There’s nothing wrong with you, there’s nothing wrong with your day, there’s nothing wrong with your life circumstance, everything is fine. Okay. Really what happened is you didn’t break it down small enough so that you could actually make a next action. You tried to bite off more than you can chew all at once, it overwhelmed you, and your brain shuts down. It’s actually a thing, your brain will shut down, and say, “I don’t know what to do.” And then you don’t do it. But if you know what to do, it’s so simple, you can’t fail, you will do it.
So does it take you an hour to look at five photographers on Yelp? No, it will probably take you five to ten minutes, honestly. But you book an hour because we want you to succeed. And if you finish early, then you can either check it off your list, and call it a success for that part of the project, and enjoy yourself for the rest of that hour. Or go ahead, and continue moving on to the next step, and the next step, and the next step after that.
But as far as what you put in your calendar, you’re only putting the next smallest, most actionable step. I cannot emphasize this enough. Very, very, very important.
Let Go Your Ego
I know people, for example, just to kind of give you another picture, who want to do more running, get more cardio in for the new year. And so they’ll say to themselves, “Well, I should be a fit person. Maybe I’ll try running three miles every single day.” And in my head I think, “Too huge, you can’t run three miles every single day.” And it’s not because I don’t believe in you. If you’re not a runner already, how can you go from zero to 100, and expect to stay at 100 for the rest for the rest of the new year?
So often times, what I’ll say is, “If you want to be a runner for the new year, get in the habit of putting on your running clothes.” And some people, right, because the ego starts to come in. The ego will say, “Oh my god, that’s it. That’s all you want me to do? That’s too easy.” But the truth of the matter is, to get to the outside of your house and running will require that first step. And if you can’t accomplish that first step, no matter how easy you say it is, you’re not going to go running. So if you fail at step number one, what makes you think you’re going to get to step two, three, four, and five? It’s sequential. So you’ve got to start from the beginning.
I hope that makes a lot of sense to you. Recognize too that, like I said, ego is the number one destroyer of goals strangely enough. You should be dreaming big, but your actions should be nice and small.
So those are the three most important tips.
- Number one: Put it in your calendar. When you think it, it’s an idea. When you write it down, it’s a plan.
- Number two: Write down when you’re going to do it. Think about “do” dates, not “due” dates. D-O. It’s all about the action.
- And what is the next action? The smallest most actionable next step.
So that’s pretty much it. Break it down into those teeny tiny components, thus making it impossible for you to fail.
That’s all I’ve got for you. I swear, that is all you need. So get into the habit whether it’s a personal or professional goal. All small steps always. If you can’t do the small steps, how are you going to get to the big step? Come on.
This is Anthem Salgado, speaking truth from the Art of Hustle trenches. I’m your business coach, I got your back.
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