There’s one major pitfall when it comes to personal improvement that I fail to mention often enough. We tend to get super excited about the changes we’re making. Then before we know it, we’ve taken on too much. At that point, we either fail to implement our new knowledge, or simply burn out. So here’s a friendly reminder to stop trying to do it all.
I share a lot of awesome ideas on my website and newsletter. But I don’t always remember to mention that you need to start small.
The truth is that I’ve been working on these are things over the course of seven years. I don’t do all of the ideas I share all the time. I use the activities that serve me where I’m at in my life right now. When I don’t need something, I let it go.
A great example is my morning routine. For more than seven years, I’ve been getting up one to two hours early to take care of the things that are most important to me. When I started this practice, I read inspirational material, exercised, and wrote in my gratitude journal. Now that I have more flexibility in my day, I save exercise for the evening so I can clear my mind when I finish working.
My morning routine consists of three short and inspiring emails.
After my inspirational reading, I meditate, and then journal. I set a timer on my phone to make sure I don’t get stuck in any rabbit holes.
That’s what I do right now to start my day with intention. It will surely change someday and I’m okay with that. That’s the beauty of taking responsibility for your personal growth. You get to decide what you most need most right now.That’s the beauty of taking responsibility for your personal growth. You get to decide what you most need most right now. Click To Tweet
In my book, Resolution Reboot, I suggest that readers focus on just three main goals. In my experience, it’s hard to focus on more than three and do them well. When I had a lot of goals, I’d excel at the ones that were fun, like reading and fitness. Then I’d slack on my goals that were more challenging and important.
If you’re new to personal growth, give yourself permission to start with one thing until it becomes a habit. Once you no longer have to think about it you can add another. Soon you’ll begin to notice your habits compound.
When my husband and I decided to be intentional and create our ideal life, we started with one thing. If I had to identify that transformational habit, I’d say it was tracking our expenses. From there we started budgeting. The next month we quit smoking. We then started to exercise more, eat better, and lose body fat. From there we were able to start thinking about how we wanted to transform our lifestyle and careers. It was really as simple as focusing on one thing at a time.
When we started this journey, we had no clue what we were doing. Neither my husband nor I grew up being coached on how to adult. We didn’t come from money and certainly didn’t have fancy educations. We didn’t even have connections to get our foot in a door. We had to figure it out on our own and that’s made our experience so valuable.
I hate the cliché if we can do it, so can you. But in this case, it’s so true. We just started with one thing. I know that is something you can do too.It sounds cliché to say if we can do it, so can you. But in this case, it's true. We just started with one thing and I know that's something you can do too. Click To Tweet
In the spirit of less is more, I feel like I should throw a little less content into the world. For my readers who subscribe to both my blog and newsletter, there can be a lot to unpack each week. Considering the depth of my blog posts, I feel like one monthly post would be optimal. But don’t worry, I’m not going that extreme. Keeping my most loyal readers in mind, I’ll be dropping down to every other week.
I’m excited to share that my weekly email will continue as scheduled!
If you don’t already, I encourage you to subscribe. I share one thing, each Monday, that you can easily implement over the course of a week.
This is also where I’m most vulnerable and real. In previous emails, I shared how my inner critic almost ruined the trip of a lifetime and how imposter syndrome has impeded my social connections. I also offer subscribers exclusive content as well special offers and discounts.
As I continue to create valuable and actionable content, I invite your feedback.
- How can I help you?
- What are you struggling with?
- What would you like me to expand on?
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I want to leave you with two words – TAKE ACTION!
You don’t have to take action on everything. Maybe just one thing. But take action because you deserve to live your best life.
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