There are a million articles out there about resolutions, goals, and becoming a better you, so I'm not going to waste your time with a 12-step manifesto on the subject.
I am, however, going to highlight 3 very simple principles that everyone with long-term success shares:
1.) The Process creates the Results
You can't magically create a dozen new clients out of thin air. But you can create a process of making sales calls every day. And those sales calls will create clients throughout the year.
You also can't run a marathon, do 250 push-ups, or lose 30 lbs today. But you can make jogging (or doing some push-ups, or eating a little better) part of your daily routine.
The process is what you can actually affect; it's what you have control over - day after day - for the rest of your life.
2.) Small to Big
You don't have to think about giant numbers, like making 20 sales calls per day, or running 5 miles at a time.
It's better to start small. Very small. Tiny.
How many sales calls are you making today? Zero? Then let's start with 1. The action of dialing the phone and making that 1 call is huge, even though 1 is a small number.
One isn't a lot by itself. But the process of making 1 per day quickly becomes 5 per week, and eventually compounds into 250 for the year. (and 250 is A LOT more than 0!)
After a while, when the process has become a normal part of your routine, you can consider increasing the numbers - maybe you make 2 calls on odd-numbered days and 1 call on the even-numbered days. If you get comfortable with this and you still want to increase your business, you can move up to 2 calls everyday, and so on.
It's no different for push-ups (try doing 10, or even 5, to start with), running (start out with a mile, or even 1 minute), and eating habits (try adding 1 carrot to your plate at lunch, or even just throwing away the last sip of your sugary soda instead of finishing the can.) You can level-up later once you get comfortable with the new process.
Start small, and grow to big over the long-term.
3.) Be Consistent
Repeating that itsy-bitsy little action over and over again is the difference between winning and losing at your goals.
Consistency is what converts that new action into a habit, where it just becomes part of who you are and what you do. It’s also what allows those numbers (and successes) to accumulate and add up to bigger numbers.
Doing 100 push-ups today, but then not doing any more over the next 6 months, has the same long-term benefit as doing nothing at all. I’d rather have done a mere 10 push-ups a day during those same 6 months.
Consider the action (or process) - and not the end goal.
Make the action so small that it seems ludicrous, like it's too easy. It's so easy that it's a joke. (It's also so easy that you can, and will, succeed.)
Be consistent - do that little tiny action over and over (and over) again. (and again, and again.)
Grow the action (slowly) over time.
It doesn’t need to be a “Resolution”, as much as just doing something small to get a little bit better. And then doing it again.
Here’s to a successful 2019.
- Chris Butterworth
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