Monday, March 30, 2009

How Did You Improve Your Life Today?

The key to making real change in your life isn't about create massive change - all at once. The bigger and more dramatic the change you try to implement in your life or your business, the higher the probability of failure - the more likely you will go back to your old habit patterns.

Unfortunately, the problem with only making little changes are that most people fail to keep them in place long enough to see a tangible impact, so they usually give up on them. And, quite honestly, few people I know consistency of thought and habit to keep making small changes daily.

Did you know that if you made a .1% improvement (assuming you could measure it) to your life every day, over the course of a year you would improve your life by nearly 45% over the course of a year - and better than a 100% in two years. Do you think you would like to have a dramatically different life just a couple of years down the road?

Just as an example, if you wanted to cut calories from your diet, say go from 3300 calories / day to about 2300 calories per day, you could try to make the cut all at once. But the impact would be devastating to your metabolism and your mental state. And you would start the never ending up and down that so many dieters experience. But if you cut .1% everyday for 6 months, your body would slowly adapt and you could be there stable - with a completely redefined lifestyle and body.

The same thing can be said for anything you want to do in your life.

So how can you successfully implement small changes every day and create a better life (or business) for yourself?

It sounds easy, but it is anything but. And even the best, most talented people on Earth, cannot do it on their own.

The truth is that it requires implementing some form "Daily Accountability" - something or someone that will keep you focused and keep you taking small steps each and every day. It takes an "Accountabili-Buddy" (as was named on South Park) - a friend, a family member or even a coach (if you can find / afford one that will meet with you every day), that will hold you accountable each and every day to make small changes and make them permanent.

But don't expect your "Accountabili-Buddy" to do your work for you - sorry, that's not in the picture. The work is all yours!!! The purpose of your newly found "Accountabili-Buddy" is to keep you on track - to prevent you from falling off course with the daily distractions of life. He will pick you up when you trip. And he will walk beside you when you need someone to support you and encourage you. But most importantly, he will follow you on your journey, so that whenever you feel like giving up, turning back isn't an option. He won't let you turn back. You can stay where you are , as long as you like, but there will be no retreating to old habits.

Think about it. You know you are going to have a bad day - a day where nothing works for you and even the smallest improvement feels monumental. We all have them. "In the past", a bad day would have been enough to rock your world and send you back to your lifelong habit patterns. But when you have someone standing beside you, reminding you what you are trying to do and what you want to accomplish, a one day "hiccup" will be just that.

So go out and get an "Accountabili-Buddy" and take small steps every day that will change your life FOREVER!!!

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  1. Your post reminds me of a great quote from "The Velveteen Rabbit" - "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily
    or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept ..."

    Cheers to the small steps that help us BECOME one moment/day at a time! :)

  2. Thank you for the great quote! You always offer so much to the conversation - you are truly a blessing.


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