How are things going in your world? Did you meet your goal for the week, whatever it was? Do you need to stick to the same plan and give it time to settle in, or readjust your sights?
I think it’s important to remember that the goals you set are yours – you can revise them any time.
In Scientific American Mind (Dec/08), Nikolas Westerhoff explains that “openness to change” is considered one of the five major personality traits and that it tends to decrease with age, particularly after 30.
“New experiences may bring innovation and awakening,” Westerhoff writes, “but also chaos and insecurity.”
This suggests that, rather than giving up on learning new tricks, we can take some steps to make it easier on ourselves.
For example, reduce the “chaos and insecurity” factor.
Roughly planning my new-style meals ahead of time has taken away the anxiety of figuring out what to eat five times a day. I’m finding it really helpful to chop vegetables for several days all at once – stashed in bowls in the fridge, they’re ready to be tossed into the steamer, salad bowl or skillet for an almost-instant meal or snack. Last night I even baked a bunch of chicken breasts so I can store them in the freezer and just slice them up for a quick stir-fry or curry or, well, almost anything.
Westerhoff also warns against expecting too much from a change.
“…Set more reasonable goals,” he suggests, “and recognize that achieving even modest change will be difficult.”
In other words, don’t be hard on yourself.
As Dale Carnegie said, “The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.”
What’s your plan for the coming seven days? Writing it down makes it a concrete goal and sharing it will likely make you feel more accountable – both of those will increase your success rate.
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