January is a hopeful month.
A month during which we seem to have super powers. We feel like we can accomplish anything.
We have that burst of energy and the motivation to work hard to change our circumstances.
We are determined, focused, and ready to conquer the world–for the first seventeen days.
After the first seventeen days out of the year, we resign to our old self, unsatisfied with the status quo, but we are too tired to do anything about it.
For some of us, sprinting seem to be the way to get things done. Too exhausted to run the course, we have lost tract of time–with every hour looking like more of the same.
We don’t see the value of taking one step at a time and doing a little bit every day. It takes too long, so we quit.
In order to conquer this type of misguided of motivation. We must create a growth plan and quit-proof it.
To create a growth plan, it is important to do the following:
- Take inventory and assess the areas for growth.
- Decide on the steps to be taken to address the areas for growth.
- Break the steps down further and indicate the specific actions to be taken and the specific date you intend to take it.
- Create a growth environment.
- Surround yourself with growth-minded people.
From day one we must be ready to follow the plan. It is crucial to put it in momentum. It is important to have people and resources standing by to take you from discouragement to bravery, for example. It is important to know day in and day out, what you intend to accomplish and stick to it.
The time will come when we will feel defeated and unable to move on. But that feeling should last for just a moment. We must be ready for it by being prepared. When we anticipate such obstacles, we’re better prepared to handle them when they do come.
We have to prepare for a marathon, not for a sprint because we know that what we need to accomplish can only be done one day at a time.