It’s March! Seriously! Where did the first two months of 2015 go?
I start out strong like everyone else with my New Year Resolutions. Then February comes and things get a little off and by March those New Year Resolutions are a distant memory.
Normally, I start off the year with great ideals of becoming the healthiest I have ever been, or I write out an incredible forecast of what I want my business sales to be by the end of the year. Sadly, by the end of March I am usually back into my old routines.
I felt that happening a little bit in February, and I refused to let it continue. I forced myself to change the pattern by doing something that may seem a little counterproductive. I have decided to lower the bar. Yes, you read that right. I have decided to Lower The Bar!
I may have just labeled myself as an underachiever or couch potato, but please hear me out. My decision to lower the bar is actually based on the principle I read about years ago from Tony Robbins. Tony talks about mans desire to move away from pain and into pleasure.
When I write out unrealistic goals, at the first of the year, it makes looking at those goals a unpleasant experience. I seem to be setting myself up for failure, because I find myself avoiding my list of goals. Mainly, because I don’t want to remind myself of what I am not accomplishing.
If you are starting to see my point, then you may find it beneficial to adopt a portion of my “new” philosophy.
When I reach my goals I feel great! I find myself smiling, feeling fully charged and full of energy. When I exercise 3 times a week I find myself excited instead of cringing at the fact that I didn’t work out 5 times a week for an hour each time. I can congratulate myself for doing three sales presentations per week instead of beating myself up for not doing three a day.
Over time, a cool wave of accomplishment gets in my head. I start feeling excited that I worked out three times in a week and I may even bump it up to four. I get pumped up that I presented my services to three organizations in a week, and may even bump it up to four presentations a week. Do you see where I am going with this?
If we were to improve our efforts only .003 percent a day – that is only three tenths of one percent – a very slight edge – and we keep that up for the next five years here is what would happen…..
- The first year we would improve 100%
- The second year we would improve 200%
- The third year we would see an increase of 400%
- The fourth year we would have increased our efforts by 800%!
- By the fifth year, by only increasing our efforts by three tenths of one percent each day we will have accomplished more than 1,600% of our past effort!
Let that sink in for a minute…. by adding just 3/10ths of one percent to each day we are accomplishing 22 times more than we are today.
I don’t know about you, but adding only three tenths of one percent seems a whole lot more achievable.
I have used the month of February to really focus on making small progress daily that will help me gain momentum over time. I am challenging you to consider the same by lowering the bar. It is clear that by doing so you are able to improve your quality of life and your capacity for truly accomplishing what you set out to do.
There really are no unrealistic goals in life. However, we tend to set unrealistic time frames.