A big mistake that people make, especially at New Year’s, is that they’re going to change everything at once.
They’re going to quit their job…
AND drop 40 pounds…
AND start a new business…
AND quit smoking…
AND write a book…
AND learn to paint…
Result? A massive, ugly, nasty case of failure and disappointment.
See, the fact is that you don’t have the time or attention to focus on making huge changes in every area of your life.
There’s quite a bit of science around this.
Have you ever heard of “decision fatigue”?
Here’s the concept: every decision you make has a mental price-tag. The more decisions you have to make in a day, the less likely you are to make GOOD, deliberate decisions.
For instance, Steve Jobs wore the same outfit every day. Always a black, long-sleeved T-shirt, Levi jeans and New Balance sneakers.
Why? Because by choosing to wear the same outfit every day, that’s at LEAST four decisions he doesn’t have to make. Which means he was more equipped to handle the important decisions he had to make later in the day.
The simple fact is that you don’t have the time, attention or mental acuity to focus on making massive changes in every area of your life simultaneously.
This is where processes come in.
For instance, when I decided to quit my job and run my own company from home, I committed to sending ONE email per day to my subscribers.
Sure, there were other things that I needed to do in my business, too. But that was one thing that I knew I could do every single day without fail. And so I started there.
I didn’t say, “Hey, I’m going to write an email AND shoot a video AND write a blog post AND make 5 social media posts AND work on my new product AND do a web class AND write a new sales letter AND create a new sales funnel, etc. etc.”
That’s how people crash.
They try to do too much.
Now, sometimes you CAN do what I call “bundling”. It’s where you tackle two things at once.
For instance, increasing your income AND saving money is a powerful combo. You won’t believe how fast you can improve your net-worth if you “bundle” both those processes together.
But the main thing is to make sure you’re not exhausting your mental reserves by trying to do everything at once. Play big. But play smart.