If you're like me, you may have spent part of New Year's Eve writing down a list of kickass things you wanted to accomplish in 2020. And also if you're like me, you may have gone a little overboard. (I'm pretty sure I have somewhere around 8,000 things on my to-do list for this year. J/K. Well, kinda.)
We all have goals whether we take the time to really think them out or not and we all have things we hope to accomplish in our lives, whether they are written down or just something that we dream of from time to time. I sat down today and wondered: what is the trick to lasting self-improvement? How could I get from Point A: Feverishly writing down a zillion goals before midnight at the cusp of every year to Point B: Actually taking time and energy to dedicate myself to each of the goals until they have been completed? It's been about a month and a half since the beginning of the year- maybe it was time I checked in on my progress.
I found an article called, "5 Proven Approaches to Lasting Self-Improvement," by Allison Michelle Dienstman and dove in. I would recommend a look- it's a quick read with some good information. (https://www.goodnet.org/articles/5-proven-approaches-to-lasting-selfimprovement) Briefly, Dienstman recommends: Writing down your goals, taking goals step by step, using the power of small wins, turning your goals into habits, and changing your environment. I would add another few recommendations to this list: as part of changing your environment, make sure your circle is supportive of your goals- it's hard to succeed in an environment of constant negativity- and refine your goals (don't do what I did and write down 20 million things because when you look back at your list, it looks insurmountable. Also, it's easy to forget so many goals and it's hard to maintain the same level of passion about completing all of them.)
Happy Monday and I wish you the best of luck in completing all of your goals this year. May this be a successful 2020 for all of us!