Often, we find ourselves simply going through the motions each day. Hours turn into days, days turn into weeks, weeks turn into months and suddenly, another year done and dusted. We seem to be busier than ever and it’s easy to push our dreams and goals to the side. If our week already feels like a blur, how do we add even more to the to-do list to accomplish what we want? Recently I learnt about a concept:
ACTION CREATES MOMENTUM
We don’t have to wait for that powerful surge of motivation to accomplish something great. We don’t have to dive straight in and achieve it instantly. We don’t have to feel overwhelmed by how much time we don’t have, and that nothing is going to be possible for us. There will never be the perfect time. But if we start with an action, the tiniest of actions, it builds momentum and in turn, motivation follows.
Make an appointment with yourself and discover what it is that you really want to achieve. What is that longer-term goal? Not the “I really just want to get to 7:30pm without yelling or dropping the F-bomb today” or “I am going to go 2 weeks without alcohol”. At the core of our daily annoyances, there is often something that is even more difficult to do. These long-term goals often need us to step outside the rat wheel and look at the bigger picture. What makes us happy and what is blocking it? This is where the 10 minute action plan comes in.
NOTHING CHANGES IF NOTHING CHANGES
You have now worked out your longer-term goal/s. The next step is to set aside 10 minutes each day, every day (except for maybe Sunday) and schedule in your small actions that are not going to feel overwhelming and can be realistically added to your busy life.
You don’t have to fill the whole month out at once, simply fill it out as you go.
Example of the types of actions that don’t take too long, but if done consistently have the potential to make the changes that you really want are:
- Chop and freeze veggies for smoothies
- Make a reward chart for the kids
- Send a beautiful text message to your partner
- Add your planned exercise workouts to your diary
- Take a bath with candles
- Ask your boss for a performance review
- Start a gratitude journal
Download your template, spend some time discovering what you want, start with the 10 minute actions, and see where it takes you!