One of the persons that inspired me is Leo Bautista from zenhabits.net. I really love his blog and I want to share what I learned from him.
Achieving great things need hard work. Goals in life can sometimes overwhelm us to the extent that we want to give up or somtimes we give up on some other things that we treasure the most. I for one, neglected my blog because I am too focused in achieving one of my goals. However, I felt sad not reviving my blog and it is one of my worries everyay. In Leo’s simple guide, I want to share how you can achieve great things by doing less.
A great achievement takes a long time, but it can be done with single step at a time. It is created by forming a habit geared towards achieving your goals. So, I adopted Leo’s method:
Here’s how to get started, in just a few easy steps.
- Pick just one change. People who want to change their lives usually want to change everything at once. But trust me, one change is enough for now: go for a short walk, do a few pushups, eatvegetable for breakfast, do a 5-sentence journal every morning. Save P5 everyday. Not all of these, just pick one! Focus on it for the next month.
2. Ask a friend for help. Send your friend a quick message ,asking for help. Tell them that you’ve been slacking, but you’re going to stick to one change. Ask them to keep you accountable — if you don’t do what you promise every day for a month, you owe them something big (or embarrassing). Make it something powerful, so you definitely won’t allow yourself to fail.
3. Promise to do something super easy. Tell your friend you are going to do something every day — but something super easy. Again, go for a 5-minute walk. Do just a few pushups every morning. Save P5 everyday. Do a journal of just 5 sentences each day. The easier the better. Again, trust me on this one. You want it so easy you can’t say no.
4. Create visible reminders. Put a huge sign somewhere you won’t miss it. Reminders in your phone, facebook page, or others.
5. Build big with a single step. Take one step at a time every day. Just write one sentence in your journal. Just do one pushup or yoga pose. When you take that step, do it mindfully and with gratitude and joy. Smile. Enjoy that tiny victory. With that step, you’re building trust in yourself. When you see yourself want to put it off, pause. Breathe. Stay with the urge to run away but don’t let yourself run. Smile, and do the habit anyway.