Magazine article Success

Celebrate More Victories

Magazine article Success

Celebrate More Victories

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The secret? Think small.

There is nothing like setting big goals on New Year's Eve. You're celebrating with old friends--or 100,000 strangers on TV. Brightly colored fireworks pop in the air. White confetti dances with gravity. Adrenaline races through your body. So you dream. You dream big. You reach for the nearest piece of paper and boldly write your 2013 goals:

* Goal 1: e stubborn 20 pounds.

* Goal 2: my income with less work.

* Goal 3: Learn to speak a new language.

Now fast-forward. The confetti is gone. The pounds are still here. Thanks to the holidays, you have more outgo than income. You even settled on text messaging as your new foreign language. What happened? Life did. But maybe not in the way you think.

It's not that you're simply busier. You have always had lots to do. It's not that you're suddenly less intelligent. In fact, you have J more life experience now than when you set your goals. The truth is that when you give up on big goals early, it's likely your goals were simply too big in the first place.

Now hold on a minute.

Before you say I've lost my mind or that "Jason Dorsey must no longer be a motivational speaker," hear me out. Big goals are good. In fact, they're great. I get it. But most people never reach their biggest goals because they can't stick to them in the beginning. That's the part I'm talking about: the all-important first 30 or 60 days. That's the period when the magic happens. That is when you put in the hard work to get to a new or different result. In fact, you have to put in twice the work in the beginning, because you're starting a new habit and breaking an old one at the same time. This is where I can help.

In my work with leaders around the world, I've learned a powerful truth: Old habits are the enemies of new goals. For example, getting in shape sounds great until you nearly pass out in your first Zumba class. …

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