If you are looking to make significant changes in 2020, join the club. Forty-one percent of Americans will make a New Year’s resolution this January. If you think about it, resolutions are goals, and goal setting is an excellent way to get things done at any time of year. To make your resolutions successful this year, try using the power of small wins. Very few goals are easy to achieve or happen all at once. Even the goals that seem to happen overnight are an accumulation of smaller thoughts and decisions that occur over time.
Think about graduating from high school. You did more than complete 12 years of school. You did homework, went to class, took tests, turned in homework, figured out how to get to and from different schools at different times of the day. You met with teachers, school counselors, and learned a myriad of new skills all one step at a time. You also made choices about who your friends were, and what clubs to join.
Thinking about it, it is mind-boggling that any graduate. If you had to plan it out, start to finish, you might have been overwhelmed and given up. One of the reasons you didn’t is because you took it one class, one test, one homework assignment at a time. Sometimes they turned out well, sometimes not. In the end—triumph, no matter how long it took, it was an accumulation of your accomplishments, not your failures. No one asks how many classes you failed, just when you graduated.
This year when you think about what goals you want to reach, remember to take one step at a time. Most importantly, celebrate every single tiny step, because even small steps can move you forward.
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