Getting started is hard. We have to talk ourselves into new things, even when we know they're good for us. The timing has to be right. It can't be too challenging, but it can't be too easy. It's got to fit into our busy schedule. It can't impact our family and friends in a negative way.
When it comes to excuses, we've got hundreds of them at the ready!
Each of us has left dozens of good ideas on the cutting room floor because we couldn't figure out how to get started, or we had too many excuses preventing us from getting started.
But every once-in-a-while, we bring it all together and we get started on something. We finally start working out. We finally start writing that book. We finally start building that business. We make the decision to get started and we take action. It's a great feeling! The possibilities ahead of us our endlessly exciting! The adrenaline is pumping and we're building momentum!
You know where this is going though. You know because it's happened to you many times before. You get fired up about something, you get started on it, and then the momentum slows at some point and you say, "I'll skip today and get back at it tomorrow." These "skip" days, which I like to call Zero Days, are the death blow to lasting change, to accomplishment, and to success.
We have to eliminate Zero Days. These are the days in which we do absolutely nothing. We don't work out. We don't write anything. We don't work on our business at all. These Zero Days are dream killers!
Getting started is hard! But once we get started and we build a little momentum, it gets easier to keep the thing going. We use a lot more energy to get something started than we do to keep it moving. It's like a locomotive...it has to work really hard to get out of the station. It's expending a tremendous amount of energy to get going. However, once it hits its stride, it seems effortless. As long as it keeps moving, it will be okay. But if it stops, that whole process of working really hard to get out of the station must start over.
When we have a Zero Day, the next day then becomes dedicated to getting out of the station once again instead of continuing to make progress and seeing positive results. It's not impossible to get started again, but it takes a lot of energy, a lot more energy than it would have taken if we had just done something, anything instead of nothing!
Whatever it is you're working toward, make a commitment to eliminate Zero Days from your life.
If you can't do a 30-minute workout because your daughter is sick, do 10 jumping jacks, push-ups and sit-ups while your daughter is getting ready for bed.
If you can't work on your book for an hour because you're up against a deadline at work, write for 10 minutes while you eat your lunch.
If you can't dedicate your normal afternoon chunk of time toward building your business because your family is coming to town, spend a few minutes reviewing what you did yesterday and what you need to do when you have more time tomorrow.
The point is to do something every single day. Anything is better than nothing, even if it's just one push-up, or one minute of writing, or one minute of working on your business.
Say no to Zero Days, and say yes to keeping the momentum going.
Have a great day!
Chris Carlock is a Professional Life Coach who inspires others to create perpetual progress in their lives. To learn more about his coaching services and to sign up for his Daily Dispatch email, visit www.ChrisCarlock.com.