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The How of Getting Started

Continuing on your personal growth journey is rewarding, especially when you see results from challenging yourself or learning something new. But what about if you haven't started just yet? Let's talk about how to get started on your personal growth journey.

We aren't talking about crazy, intense programs to kick start your reading goals or fitness goals or new habit goals. Before you ever attempt taking massive action on a goal, let's talk about how to begin taking some action.

If you want to begin being a better version of yourself, you have to start.

What do you do first? Do you need a grand plan? Do you need have your destination in mind?

While I am the biggest fan of plans, I think it may be best to NOT have a detailed plan (it won't matter anyway because it's certainly going to change) but to instead understand where you are headed and then….take the next step towards it.

I will even go so far as to say that you won't know your destination or your plan until you take steps to move yourself forward.

Want to know why?

There is clarity in the journey - you don't know what you don't know.

Beginning to learn it, though, will make you aware of those next steps. Until you move towards it….the next step won't be known.

So, don't sweat it! You'll know the next move when it's time to make it.

With no detailed plan needed, how can you get started on leveling up some area of your life?

  1. Start small - identify a small step that you can take toward your goal. (examples: sign up for a class, find a book or podcast on the topic you need more information about, choose a workout program, schedule time for a necessary conversation)

  2. Get it on your calendar - carving the specific time when you will complete this step ensures that you have the capacity and commits you to a timeframe to complete it.

  3. Take action!

  4. Consider an accountability partner - Having accountability to another person who is genuinely invested and encourages you to be that best version of you is powerful. Stephen Covey says, “We immediately become more effective when we decide to change ourselves rather than asking things to change for us." Having support and accountability along the ride can make all the difference in just how effective you can be.

Truth be told, I have 3 accountability partners because I thrive when I know that I need to answer for something that I said was important to me.

I have 2 for my health goals and one accountability partner who really helps me balance it all. I want to be able to say that I took the action that I identified or at least be able to speak about what I am learning in the process. That is what works for me.

There is no right or wrong next step, harness the power and clarity that comes with the journey and just get started. Take your next step!

I am on this growth journey right along with you.

If I can help you with any of these steps so that you can get going, I'd love to do it. If I can encourage you, I'd love to do it.

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