The reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail is that the task is too big. Most people make big resolutions. They don’t make small ones that might seem too easy or insignificant.
I want to lose 100 pounds this year. I want to run a marathon this year. I want to make an extra $10,000 this year.
These are all great goals to have, but they are also overwhelming. So you want to make an extra $10,000 this year. That’s great. It’s the new year now. Time to get started. So how do you get started?
How do you start making an extra $10,000? Well, first you need to make the first step. How about earning an extra $1 today? If you can make an extra $1 today, then you’re well on your way to making $10,000 by the end of the year. The key is to make a small goal for today that is one step in the right direction. Then decide on the first action to take you to that goal and do it.
Set daily milestones to reach your goal by the end of the year. There are 365 days in a year.
How do you lose 100 pounds this year? By losing two pounds a week, or about a third of a pound per day.
How do you run a marathon this year? By running whatever distance you can today, a little farther tomorrow, and even farther the day after. If you can increase your distance by a half-mile per week, a marathon distance would be routine by the end of the year.
How do you make an extra $10,000 this year? By making your first dollar today, two dollars tomorrow, and $20 by the end of the week. It’s okay to start slow and build up. The key is taking the first step and being persistent every day. If you can find a way to make an extra $28 per day, you will have your $10K by the end of the year.
Set frequent milestones and small daily quotas towards your goals. Then make it your routine to meet your quotas every day.