Do you believe in New Year’s resolutions? I know, it’s kind of silly to pick one day of the year to choose to change. And if you try to pile too much on yourself — like you’re going to start eating kale every day, stop cursing, exercise 10 hours a week, and read 50 classic novels, all starting January 1 — you’re setting yourself up for failure.
The idea of massive sudden self-improvement is a trap. We only change ourselves gradually, through new habits. Transformation can feel painfully slow on a day-to-day basis. But after a year of a little bit every day, you’d surprise yourself with what you can accomplish.
So my challenge to you is this — what will you want to have made a year from now? Will you want to a have a rough draft of that novel, painted that mural, recorded that album?
Picture the end product, then visualize yourself doing the work necessary to make that happen in a year. Break that up into day-sized chunks. One hundred thousand words is less than 300 a day, you know. You can totally do that.
See the micro-steps that lead to your new creation. Then go make it happen.