Behavior Modification

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”  Sir Winston Churchill
Identification of costly behavior is one of the topics in our meeting. The ideas expressed on how to do this are really good. One committee member states the obvious; “If we identify the costly behavior without any effort to change that conduct, we are left with the potential for costly incidents.”  Two other staffers express the need to have ‘buy-in’ from all team members. With similar thoughts, another member projects the word ‘accountability.’

As I drive home from the meeting, I am impressed by the great discussion that just occurred. The committee members are unified on one important concept: No progress is possible without a change in behavior.

That which was obvious to the committee members should be obvious to all of us. Most of us know within the recesses of our hearts what we want to do in life. The important dreams we want to achieve are vivid in our thought processes. We understand our goals. We imagine often what we want life to be. And yet, when it comes to making any of this possible, we face the challenge of taking action. Behavior modification relevant to our goals often stands in the way.  We are reminded of this traditional proverb:

Doing the same thing and expecting different results is the definition of insanity.

 Is there a simple effective way to achieve life’s most important goals?  Is there a way to turn dreams into reality? Is there a way to succeed, where in the past I failed? Yes, there is. And it is available to everyone. The principle is one I have practiced with much success in the last 40 years of my life. It also remains a stark reminder of past failures when I did not put into practice that which  was most needed. What is this principle?

Execute a daily formula for success.

Every single day, be sure that you take action on the most important elements that will lift you further toward your dreams.  The step you take today may be very small in relationship to the giant goal you want to achieve. But, be sure today to take that step, followed by other small steps that will lead you to triumph in your dream pursuit.

Do not spend a lot of time worrying about how far away that dream seems to be. Make sure that today you make headway, even if progress is seemingly inconsequential  to the whole project. Lao Tzu wrote, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”  Great things start from humble beginnings.

If you want to earn a four-year college degree, then studying and passing tests are part of that journey. Make sure that, as part of your execution of a formula for daily success, you spend 30 minutes each day on the material that you will be tested on 10 days from now. The reward of a diploma is not accomplished today, but rather in multiple strides  built on a deliberate solid daily formula.

If you want to lose 10 pounds, then a healthy 250-calorie breakfast is one example of a small step that you may decide to take today. And tomorrow, you will need to duplicate that step with another low-calorie breakfast. In the overall goal of losing 10 pounds, the calorie-reduced morning meal is small. Yet, in the execution of a successful daily formula, it is huge.

How do you create a daily success formula? Only you can answer this important question. But, know this: It is one of the most important questions you should ask and answer in your life. Have you?

What is your daily formula for success?

Does it include steps that will provide progress on your most important goals?

Does what you do today bring you any closer to your dreams?

What is getting in the way of execution of actions geared to progress?

What one single step can I make today?

This is not rocket science. In less than one hour you can sit down and create a daily formula for success. List the most important things you want to achieve in life. Write down your dreams. From this list, create some simple steps, small actions, that will move you closer to achieving your dreams. Write it down in a few sentences. If you already have a daily formula, regularl review of how it is working is important. Now is a good time to begin.

Read out loud your daily formula the first thing each morning. Decide on one or two things you can do today that will bring you closer to your major goals. Often, you will get distracted and not be able to start or finish a step. We live very busy lives. Just, be sure to come back to one action item before the end of the day. At the end of the day, review what happened. Did you make progress by taking at least one action that moves you closer to achieving your aspirations? Duplicate every day for the rest of your life.

Accountability. Buy-in. As I reflect on these concepts, I am looking forward to the next meeting with the committee members.  We can achieve our goals by making small action steps a part of our daily journey.

Your success, being and becoming the best at what you want to be and become in life, is possible by creating and executing a daily formula.

Today . . .

I will take a small step toward my dreams