Well, I missed a couple of days. I have an excuse, but the truth is that I simply lounged a bit too much this weekend. I was active, but not too active.
I had a friend come out, and we had a grand old time – skyping with my sister while we had a few libations. It was a great time, and was good for the soul…so I don’t feel guilty about it 🙂
Now, on to the challenge. Remember, I was supposed to find things that I finished, and start writing a list of them to show that I have a track record of completing things.
The problem is: I looked at my huge projects and said “I’m going to finish those”. Then, I didn’t finish them, and I started to feel like I was failing. Well, when I thought about it, I realized I had missed the point of the challenge entirely!
I should not have tried to bite off the big challenges in my life to make a list of completions – I needed to take small steps, to show that I do finish. That then becomes motivation for the bigger tasks.
My completions list:
1. Completed the expense report I was putting off at work
2. I decided which tires I want for my car (have to wait a couple of weeks before I can get them put on)
3. I finished watching all of the episodes of Boardwalk Empire (okay, that’s an easy one, and no motivation was necessary, but still, I finished it!)
4. I finished making my cinnamon snap liqueur (it’s delicious!)
5. I finished scanning in all my filed documents to Evernote
So there you have it. I’m well on my way to having a rich, full, completions list, and you can too.
Tips for you
- If you are looking to set a track record of something (for me it was finishing, but it could be anything for you: Starting, thinking, being kind to strangers, etc.) don’t necessarily set lofty goals and set out to achieve them.
- The goal is not to change your behavior right now – the goal is to recognize that you already do whatever action you are interested in increasing in your life
- Don’t let any achievement be too small – see completion #3 for me up above.