It’s frustrating and disheartening to take the time and put the energy into setting and writing down goals only to have them fall by the wayside a few days, weeks, or months later. If you’re anything like me you start to feel worthless and doomed to fail. But there’s help and hope! Today, we’re learning about a strategy that feels almost magical in its ability to cut through your internal resistance and help you find success with your goals. Let’s talk about how to meet your goals every time!
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How to Meet Your Goals Every Time
Meeting your goals every time sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? It’s not, I promise. You can implement this simple strategy today!
How I Got Started Meeting My Goals Every Time
It all started at the beginning of 2015 when I read a post from Amy Lynn Andrews’ newsletter, The Useletter (I highly recommend Amy’s website and a free subscription to her Useletter for anyone interested in blogging). She was sharing some really depressing statistics on keeping resolutions and goals, i.e. 90% of resolutions aren’t kept.
That statistic included me, and I was tired of it. There are a lot of positive changes I want to make in my life, but I couldn’t seem to make ANY progress.
I was so excited that I bought the book immediately and started reading. I was done with it by the next day.
The sub-title says it all: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results.
Mr. Guise talks about Mini Habits and how setting smaller, more realistic (even laughable) goals is the key to success. For example, setting a goal of doing 1 push up each day.
At first, I resisted the Mini Habits approach. I’m a perfectionist, which means I’m completely unrealistic about pretty much everything. I’m also really, really hard on myself.
I decided to try an experiment.
One of the Mini Habits with which Mr. Guise experienced far-reaching and positive consequences was to read 2 pages in a book every day.
So, I started reading 2 pages every day….
And I had the most amazing results!
In 2014, I read two books. And I don’t think I finished one of them.
In the first ten weeks of 2015 I read 8 books! I even lost several weeks in February because of an illness that made its way through my entire family. During those first ten weeks of 2015 I read over 1,900 pages! And more importantly, I rediscovered my deep love of reading.
And all it took was 2 pages per day.
In 2016, I read even more books! Although, I didn’t keep very good records in 2016 (or in the final 42 weeks of 2015), so I don’t have an exact number. *hand to forehead*
A New Challenge
At the beginning of 2017 I decided to set a more difficult overall goal of reading one book per week for a total of 52 books in 2017. However, I kept my daily goal of reading 3 pages every. single. day.
On October 19th I hit my goal of 52 books!
Many days I read more than 3 pages. In fact, some days I read hundreds of pages, because I simply can’t put a book down. But there were plenty of days when I was tired, busy, or overbooked, so I simply read my 3 pages. I even missed days and didn’t get my 3 pages in at all.
And I still read 52 books between January 1st and October 19th!
The power of Mini Habits is truly amazing!
Mini Habits for the Win
Since that first fateful experiment in 2015, I’ve used Mini Habits and the Mini Habits approach to:
- Create a daily exercise program (my goal is 5 squats).
- Start decluttering and organizing my basement after 7 years of neglect (my goal is to put away or purge for 15 minutes per day).
- Better manage our finances by completing a daily one-minute money check-in.
- Increase the amount of sleep I get by going to bed 10 minutes earlier each month.
- Finish big work projects by doing one small task each day to move me closer to completion.
- Create the habit of eating breakfast at the table every weekday (this one was a little trickier, but we started by finding one quick and easy recipe each day for 5 days).
This is an amazing experience, and I’m so excited about the big wins and small steps forward I’ve made and those coming in the future!
I have more habits and goals I’d like to accomplish this year and in the future: eating dinner at the table when we’re all home at the same time, getting my kids to clean up their rooms and keep them clean (I’ve tried EVERYTHING!), spending more quality time with my kids and husband, and walking my miniature dachshunds more regularly.
Now I have hope that I can actually accomplish my goals (by starting stupidly small) and make my life and the lives of my family members happier!
Get Your Copy of Mini Habits TODAY
The information I shared in this post is just a small fraction of what Stephen Guise shares in his book. If you’re serious about applying the Mini Habits technique and meeting your goals every time, you’ll want to pick up a copy today!
Simply click here or on the book cover below to get your copy.
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Now, you know how to meet your goals every time and just in time for the New Year!
If you give the Mini Habits technique a try, I’d love to hear about your experiences. Just leave a comment below!
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