Updated: Oct 7, 2019
When you were in kindergarten, you were asked, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" and you inevitably answered with, "Astronaut!" or "Monster Truck Driver!" or "Ballerina!"
Yesterday on social media I posed this idea:
"Imagine you’re able to become dramatically better at one thing with little time or effort invested."
I love this style of thinking because it's goal focused and allows you to think free of your usual constraints.
We're all busy, we all have responsibility and we all get stuck in the day to day grind.
When you empower yourself to think freely, you can allow yourself the freedom to dream, and dream big.
Once you've picked that one thing that might only seem like a dream, break out a pencil and paper and write down the steps to get from where you are to where you want to be.
There's no right or wrong way, just start jotting things down. List as many steps as possible. Make it robust. Think of every little thing it will take to get to your goal.
Before you become overwhelmed, take out a fresh piece of paper and write down 3 easy-wins from that first sheet. Cross those items off of your Big list when you transfer them to you new 3 item list.
When you do one of those things from your Daily List of 3, cross it off of your list and enjoy the feeling of accomplishment. If you don't finish all 3 things, no big deal, transfer it to tomorrow's list.
Tomorrow, go back to the original list and pick 1, 2 or 3 things that you can check off.
Some things may be long plays, like "Get my degree". These require their own lists but the same thing can be applied. Start with, "Find out how to enroll" and move forward. Don't allow yourself to get stuck.
In my experience, picking too many things or not having a few set goals will overwhelm me, but having a few things for the day and executing them leads to a feeling of accomplishment and empowerment.
The magic in this is simple day-to-day execution. Start, then repeat, and repeat again until completion, then move on to your next items.
This, of course, can be applied to your nutrition. Imagine being 20 pounds lighter. How does that look? Are you able to move around easier? Maybe play with your kids again? Maybe you're able to go talk to that person you've been afraid to approach?
The Dan Plan Diet is based on these principles of daily action. You're not trying to lose 20 pounds in a day, you're going to do it over time by building simple, repeatable tasks that have been proven to work over and over.
I'm happy to guide you through the process and help you realize your best-self. Reach out, lets talk.