Baby-Steps

Wednesday | February 8, 2017

By Richard Harrison, iGenFIT

StepsStarting any goal, especially one that is new or hasn’t been attempted in a while can be intimidating. You may be unsure whether it’s worth attempting due to previous failure, a lack in confidence, or more personal reasons. Whatever the reason, the best way to ensure your success with any new goal, is by taking baby steps.

In today’s quick-paced society, many of us are looking for instant gratification. That’s why quick-fix supplements, and trendy training programs sell so well. They offer you all the results with reduced effort, and some claim no effort. Unfortunately, as it goes with any goal worth achieving, it takes time.

But time doesn’t need to be a hindrance to your commitment. By taking baby-steps, you provide yourself with a sense of instant gratification. Below are some simple ways to maintain your commitment to accomplishing your goals.

Tip #1 – Set Small Goals First

Setting small goals first allows you to build the momentum to continue on. When you set a small goal and accomplish it, you provide your brain with the happy hormones that it needs to continue believing it’s worth achieving. It gives you that extra push to continue on.

Tip #2 – Start With The Basics

No matter what your long-term goal is, there needs to be a definitive starting point. You need to understand what you know, and what you don’t know. What you can do, and what you can’t do…yet. Once you have your bearings, start with the simplest step first. Make it a goal to accomplish, and then achieve it.

Tip #3 – Accomplish Small Goals Consistently

Practice doesn’t make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect. If you are going to work your way up to bigger goals, you need to be able to accomplish small goals consistently. Don’t just get lucky and call it quits. Make sure that you can accomplish them every time. It will build your confidence in achievement and give you the strength and determination to tackle the bigger goals. It’ll also give you the strength to get back up again if you have a temporary failure. Failure is only failure, if you decide to quit. Everything else is a temporary defeat.

Tip #4 – Do One Thing At A Time

It has now been proven, scientifically, that multi-tasking is a farce. Your brain cannot compute multiple things at once. You can do multiple things, but not at the same time, and not very well. Even a computer can’t multi-task–instead it teeters between two functions at such a high rate that it seems like it can. The mind is the same. You can alternate between two or more ideas or tasks, but not simultaneously.

It has also been proven, scientifically, that starting and finishing one task  before moving on, is the most efficient way to accomplish any long-term goals. The reason this is true, is because when doing multiple steps in a row over and over again, you are expected to get better and quicker at the task. Unfortunately, you body and mind can only function and focus on one task at a time, thereby limiting the efficiency and accuracy of performing a specific task. Adding multiple tasks to this means that your are constantly switching focus and not getting any more efficient or accurate at a task.

Tip #5 – Don’t Try To Be Perfect

Perfection is an ideal. Living in the real world, no one can be perfect. You might be able to execute something perfectly in terms of our standards of measurement, but there is no such thing as always perfect. With that being said, give yourself credit. Everyone is defeated eventually, and sometimes multiple times in a row. Don’t let that stop you. Pick yourself back up, and start wherever you left off. It’s ok to be defeated. Don’t accept it, but it happens.

Final Thoughts

It took Thomas Edison 10,000 experiments to find the perfect way to harness electricity in the form of a light-bulb. If you want to talk about defeat, he has been temporarily defeated more than most people throughout history. Even though he had 9,999 reasons why he should quit, he only needed one to keep going. Set a goal that you truly believe is worth achieving, because you will always be able to find 1 more reason why you should achieve it.

When you’re ready to take on bigger goals, check out my FREE eBook on creating and implementing a system that allows you to accomplish your goals consistently, in less than 20 minutes a day. You can download a copy here.

 

Check back in tomorrow for our post on:

Myth-busting quick-fix diets and training programs. There is not short-cut to success.

Journey Towards Healthy: What’s The Best Way To Ensure Your Health Goals? was originally published on iGenFIT

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