It’s a new year, and lot of us are doing our best to put together achievable goals and resolutions. Programmer and productivity blogger Jonathan Tran reminds us that often bold change is a better recipe for success than small habit adjustments.
When you try to change a little, your old mindset still has its old values and attachments, and you inevitably slide back into your old groove. But when you change enough to create a new mindset, you can free yourself from your old way of looking at things and create a new groove.
Tran’s advice makes a certain amount of sense taken abstractly, but it hits home when he discusses how it applied to goals of his own that he consistently found himself failing at. For example:
For years I tried to wake up about 30 minutes earlier than my regular routine. It would work for a while, but then I’d inevitably start waking up later and later until I reached my regular schedule. However, when I got a new job that required me to wake up 2 hours earlier, sure it was tough at first, like adjusting to jet lag, but it became my new routine. And I’ve had no problems consistently waking up 2 hours earlier than my old routine.
Head over to the full post for more specifics and examples about how going bold helped the author achieve goals he’d struggled with in the past, then let’s hear what you think about the idea. Do you aim for bold or small changes when you set goals? Let’s hear it in the comments.