|Posted on 17 June, 2016 at 2:10|
Now, we have written our goals but still have to put that to action!
One of the ways of the old, though certainly not in the way it works. Rule of 21 days., it is surprising of how I came across this without the real understanding but I was silently following it to either change an act of mine or engrain an new habit in place of an old. Personally, I was following it for 2+ weeks, about 20 days; in my mind it was always 2 weeks (you are there already), another 3-4 days (achieved, am there!) and 2 days more was bound to follow (half out of habit and half out of the passion to achieve that change in me!)
Being passionate to changing the ways on approaching or any particulars of each behaviour / activity I would come across, I used to apply this concept of following on it, being on top of it and, working on it in my teenage and somehow muster enough will to push past 2 weeks on it and just a little-bit more. It had somehow been my approach, if I wanted to change anything in my purview.
Until someone in my early years of my career in the IT pointed it out, 'what was followed by me, was close to the well-accepted standard of the 21 day rule'. Few changes that I made to perform on myself, in these 2 week-plus time is here.
1. Write what is the one thing that you want to change, Visualize
Written well on paper / or in your mind's eye, imagine what you would be at the end of 2 weeks successfully achieving that spot of success, change in behaviour could be like: give yourself an hour of reading time and/or, a brisk run in nature, getting your hands dirty in your garden or making your own special dish once-twice a week.
2. Get your act together, Plan for your new goal
Now that you need to achieve this change in you, you need to plan your time allocation to it. This half to one hour / day will take some effort from you in the way of planning your other activities along and getting the new one incorporated to your timeline. Making arrangements well ahead of time keeps you occupied in the vision you have for yourself at the end of 2+ week.
3. Any change / vision close to heart gets you act on it, Act
A change that has been close to what you have been wanting from yourself for years (passionate cause) gets you have bursts of energy no matter where you are and what you are engaged in. Use this passion of energy to help you getting things aligned with inclusive planning for your new goal.
4. Be on top of it.
Re-organize your way to achieving goals, exercise differential methods while you keep working on the changes that you have planned while you watch yourself how you have been doing them.
Question yourself, is there is a better way to achieve it? a quicker method to tweak the game and reach there, early? No matter how you have bettered your skill, there would be yet another method to reach there, use it to your advantage. Like, you have been getting your work aligned to have twice a week special dish / time with family, try to accommodate more work into lunch time by reducing it to half or getting challenging-number crunching work early in the day to ease out evenings.
5. Enjoy your Journey, trail-make your way to achieving your goals
Once you have adapted the behaviours or activities with your experimentation, you will invariably come across more than one way of achieving your goals within allocated time. All you need is to keep going! Once you know, you can spend an evening with family try to change that to work on yourself in the area of interest to work like learning a skill related technology upkeep or just work on the personal goal of putting half hour in your garden.
Visualize, Plan, Act and Differential Methods may seem to be straight out of PDCA or Experiential Learnings, but they work each time when implemented albeit if you are passionate and are ready for the changes that come with it.
I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep -- Robert Frost
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