Starting the new year is a great time to give yourself a fresh start. But the best way to do this is not with a laundry list of resolutions. Real change is evolutionary, not revolutionary.
Pick one thing you want to change. Don’t change everything at once. Focus on one item. Make a concrete goal. It’s not enough to change something. Determine what you want to accomplish with that change. Track your progress towards the goal. Is the change you made getting you closer to the goal you set. If not, figure out why and adjust the change. When you have achieved the goal, start the process over with something else you want to change.
Stopping is as important as starting. Take a look at what you have been doing over the past year. Is it all working the way you wanted it to? If not, see what actions are not achieving what you wanted and stop doing them. Don’t think you have to keep doing something just because you always did it.
Making incremental changes is key to your success. Little tweaks are easier to sustain than sweeping changes. Once you’ve sustained a change, you can build on it. The more you build, you more momentum you gain. That momentum is what brings success.