Step 3. Focus on progress, not perfection
Once you’ve got a sensible target that’s embedded into your schedule, it’s important to focus on progress, not perfection. As long as you’re heading in the right direction, rest assured that change is happening. Keep going and you’ll get there! Once you start obsessing about the 4 M&Ms you ate, the 1 interview out of a several that blew or the single novel-writing session you missed because your mother-in-law was visiting, your hard drive died and the kids all had a nasty bout of ebola, it’s game over.
It helps to look back to where you started from and remind yourself that you’re slowly but surely changing your life. Seeing how far you’ve come reassures you that change is happening, even if it’s not as fast as you’d like.
It can also be motivating to look ahead to this time next year.
- How will you feel if you’ve achieved the goal but it took twice as long as you’d hoped?
- And how will you feel if you gave up because it didn’t happen fast enough?
Don’t let short-term hiccups distract you from the big picture. Keeping your eye firmly on the up-trend in your life it a good strategy for maintaining motivation over the longer term.
Tomorrow: Step 4. Make it fun!