“Today, I won’t let the shame sink in.” – This is Me, The Greatest Showman
“Tomorrow you promise yourself will be different, yet tomorrow is too often a repetition of today.” – James T McCay
“It’s time to reclaim your life.. One breath at a time.” – Malebo Sephodi
It’s easy to say that every day is a new opportunity to start over, and even easier to say that all you have to do is start now. Those words are nice, but they’re empty, and lack what I often need: accountability and a plan of action. It’s easy to let these words stay empty, because frankly, putting in the effort to make change is hard – but the right change is worth it.
When I want to make change, I take an action right then and there. Want to start eating healthy? Decide on light instead of dark meat, or put down the second bowl of ice cream. Want to start going to the gym? Schedule a workout date or even head on over there right now. Want to work on that novel you’ve been writing for the past 5 years? Sit down, hash out 15 minutes of just writing right now. Things will only get done if you make it happen.
All change begins with an idea, so formulate some of your own. What are your goals, what kind of change do you want to make or implement in your life? If you’re stuck on this step, you can always go online for inspiration. Look up healthy habits/good habits to implement, or look at different aspects of your life and see if there’s any areas that leave room for improvement. Focus on setting goals so that there are more areas of your life where you want for nothing.
Now that you have some goals, break them down into actionable tasks. For example, in wanting to live a healthier lifestyle, so much can be encompassed in just that goal, so I break it down into my own life: set up a workout group of 2 or 3 friends, make it a point to go to the gym 2 times a week, spend the money on a workout class and go 2 times a week, stop buying unhealthy things when you go grocery shopping to limit intake of unhealthy food, contact a health & fitness coach, etc. Each of these tasks is an actionable, doable part that takes me one step closer to achieving my goal of being healthier. Break down your goals, set up a task list, and get to it!
So you have a task list. Actionable things that help you towards your goal. Take a step right now, cross off one of the things on your list. Pick the easiest or quickest thing, and though it may be a smaller step, it is a step you didn’t take before. It’s bringing you that much closer to your goal – so take this post as a message and: do something now.
Reward Your Accomplishments
Something that can be difficult in self-improvement is feeling like you’re not doing enough or not getting any results. Make sure to take the time to recognize your victories, however big or small they may be. Take the time to recognize that a month ago, you didn’t have a list, let alone 2 things crossed off it. Recognize that progress is progress, and it’s being made by you. You are taking action and making this happen, and you deserve praise. You’re doing what you can to change, and you’re deserving of a reward! Set up some system of rewards that don’t set you back on your goals. Buy yourself a new pair of running shoes after running every day for a few weeks. Take a at home spa day after taking the time to study/work on something every day for a week. Take yourself out for a meal after cooking for a few days. Give yourself rewards so you can see the effects of making change soon, and recognize your progress.
Remember, if you take anything from this post: start right now. Change is difficult, and I understand it’s easier said than done, but if you start making change ASAP, you won’t regret it. If you need a buddy to talk about it with, reach out to a friend, family member, or reach out to me on instagram (@kryskestrel)!