After just two work days into the new year, I found myself picking up where I left off feeling like I was doing the same thing as before the year-end holiday break. I have higher aspirations for this year than last, and I suspect you might as well. So, in order to achieve my goals, something will need to be different this year. What about you?
Will 2018 be more of the same, or do you need to do something different in order to achieve your goals?
Habits and routines are often difficult to break, so it’s easy to fall back into business as usual. It’s especially challenging when we want to change patterns of behavior that influence marriage or work relationships. However, in order to grow and achieve new heights, we must do something different. Otherwise, we fall into the trap of insanity – doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results.
So, how do you break out of your routine or rut?
It starts with a choice. Make a conscious decision not to do what you have been doing. Then, make a list of the things you need to do differently to achieve your goals. Post the list in a place that you will see daily to remind yourself about what you need to do. Share the list with someone who agrees to hold you accountable and call you out when you are slipping backwards. When you slip (and you most likely will in the early days), re-commit to change and start over. Persevere through your setbacks and you will eventually change your behavior. More importantly, you will be more likely to achieve your goals.
This is hard work. It’s simple to say that you will do things differently, but not easy to follow-through. When you do, you will feel a great sense of accomplishment!