It's time to talk about the actions that will lead us where we want to be six weeks from now. When I started down this path, the ideas just flooded into my head. It was so exciting. I felt in control of my own destiny. And truly, we all are.
But some of my ideas were pretty extreme, crazy and just not realistic. Such as give up all sugar and carbs. Really, isn't that just the craziest thing you've ever heard? I had to come up with some kind of test to make sure I wasn't getting carried away. I have a tendency to jump in with both feet and then slip and miss the landing.
- Will this lead to the change you want? You may think this goes without asking. But I found it helpful as some of the "little" actions I came up with, were just too "little" to lead to change in six weeks.
- Consider people who have obtained this goal. Is the action something they do? Look as someone fit. Are they on an extreme diet? Probably not. Do they exercise regularly and eat healthy most of time? Probably so. I rephrase this in my head as "Do normal people do this?" Do normal people spend hours drilling their kids on multiplication facts? No. Do normal people spend ten minutes working on multiplication flashcards with their kids? Yes.
- Am I capable of sticking with this for six weeks? If I choose an action to do every day, I'm probably not going to stick with it. If I choose, two or three times a week, I might be able to handle that.
- Does it involve a lot of time or money? If the action involves hours of your time, you are not going to do it for six weeks. If it involves buying new equipment, it's probably not the kind of action we are looking for. Remember, we are walking steadily towards the goal, not running. That's when we get tripped up.