“Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself, ‘I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.’”
This time of year can be incredibly energizing with the opportunity to set resolutions and the chance to leave the past behind. It’s easy to get swept up by the post-holiday spirit of fresh starts, but it can be just as easy to fall back into old habits after a few weeks pass by.
Lately I’ve been thinking about how small, daily actions have a big impact on my progress towards a goal. The quote by Lao Tzu rings true, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” And it is every step after that first that brings you closer to your goals. If you can figure out how to make your goals part of your daily routine, you will have a better shot at living the year you want – instead of getting stuck or slipping back into routines of the past.
How to Make Your Goals Part of Your Daily Routine
With consistent and thoughtful effort, small steps add up to big results. Here are a few things that have helped make my goals part of my daily routine.
Make your resolutions, set your goals
In her latest guest post, Stephanie Dunne shared why you should make New Year’s resolutions, even if you don’t keep them. There are a lot of different ways you create a vision for your year: you can create an annual theme, come up with one word to focus on, or use these steps to help set your goals. No matter what, taking the time to plan out your resolutions or goals will inform what actions need to be part of your daily routine.
Track your progress
Last summer we featured a Something Significant interview with Elise Blaha Cripe, an entrepreneur, blogger, and podcaster with a passion for goal setting. Elise created a downloadable goal tracker for 2016 that helps you visualize your daily progress towards one goal. I set a goal to take at least one picture each day and using her goal tracker has been a huge factor in my 22-day streak towards this objective!
Make a commitment to daily progress
Creativity expert and author, Todd Henry, offers this suggestion for making your goals part of your daily routine, “For years I’ve had a small group of daily activities that have helped me pursue my long-term goals.” In this episode of his podcast, he shares how his “dailies” keep him on track along with an index card template for keeping track of your own daily practices. I have tried this technique before and it really works… when I make a commitment to it daily.
Create personal philosophies
Did you know that our first book by Happy Living Publishing, The Belief Road Map, is on sale for $0.99 on Amazon today? Click here to download your copy! This book will show how to uncover your inner beliefs and help identify your core priorities. Step-by-step, you will create personal philosophies to use as a road map to the life of your dreams.
After reading the book you will be able to use the tips from today’s post to make your personal philosophies and dreams part of your daily routine!
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