I was listening to a podcast earlier this week, where Carrie Wilkerson, The Barefoot Executive, was the guest. It was an informative, entertaining half hour. One thing really stood out for me. She was talking about getting on track with her 2017 goals, and sticking with them.
“The Days Matter”.
I wasn’t sure where she was going at first, but she soon explained giving a fitness/health example.
When you have yearly goals, it’s easy to put off something until tomorrow, next week, or even next month for that matter. “I can do that later”. I’ve personally battled that many times on my fitness journey, and during my career.
I’ve caught myself saying, “Well I’ve still got XX days until that vacation to the beach. There’s still lots of time to get in shape. I’ll just do that tomorrow.”
In my business, I’ve caught myself saying things like, “I’ll write that blog post tomorrow, or connect with more people tomorrow, or improve my online presence next week”. Next thing you know, I’m spinning my tires and not moving forward.
We can all talk ourselves out of doing something in a few seconds, with a seemingly good excuse. Come on, you know you have too!
I believe Carrie’s main point was annual goals are too far out. The time frame makes it easy to put off until later. My wife is reading the book, “The 12 Week Year”. And I think that is a similar philosophy.
When you are working on fitness, a business, things around the home and your personal life, having “must do’s” every day should be part of a consistent schedule that you adhere to.
This type of thinking has been around forever, just Carrie’s take really hit the spot for me. I hadn’t worked out since before Christmas, and it was really starting to wear on me. I’m back now, and looking forward to sticking with it going forward.
The days do matter, and if you take each 24 hour period very seriously, you’ll reach your goals much faster!
Let me leave you with this,