Developing habits seems to require retaining two competing ideas:
1- Take it "one day at a time"
2- Remember your why and visualize the success you're looking to achieve
Many people give up on their dreams because their day to day seems so distant from the goal they want to achieve.
For me, I bridge the gap between the two ideas by acknowledging that:
I achieve the vision by paying my daily dues.
A good day brings me a step closer to my vision.
I need to know what my days are building towards, without expecting the vision to be where I am now. I know there is distance between the here and now, and the goals I want to achieve.
I accept the gap, and I know I can only get there through the habits I need to commit to.
What does success LOOK like for you?
What does success FEEL like for you?
Imagine it. Imagine your best self. Imagine your best circumstances. Imagine your best self handling tough situations. Imagine yourself always being a boss. Imagine getting back up from setbacks. Imagine being cheerful, confident, courageous, and in control.
Think of 4 kinds of goals:
- Be Goals: The person you want to be
- Have Goals: Things you want to own
- Do Goals: Activities you want to spend your time doing
- Done Goals: Achievements you want to accomplish
Imagine your life with all these kinds of goals achieved.
Then work towards building that life.
Step by step. Day by day.
You may need several 12-week sprints to actually achieve your goals, but having clear goals for the end of the 12-weeks, and perhaps what you want to put off to upcoming 12-weeks, helps you stay focused at the habits you want to develop now and the realistic goals that await you at the end of the 12-weeks.
Enjoy your tangible successes and the vision of your success.