Let’s get right into it, shall we?  

When nothing is working, you have to stop and take a look at the habits that fill your day.  Because it’s your habits that create your future, one day at a time.

They’ll either take you forward towards the life you want to be living, or have you spiralling down into the depths of despair… flat and deflated on the couch.

Not where you want to be.

And looking at your habits forces you to take some kind of action, which kickstarts your stagnant momentum.

So, here’s what you do.

Nothing is working
When nothing is working out, stop and reflect.

Get Started on Your Action Plan

It’s amazingly simple.  

But please don’t disregard it for that.  You don’t need anything fancy to get rolling.  No gimmicks, no pills… just the willpower to follow-through.

Here’s what you need to get started:

  • 5 minutes of thinking time
  • A pen and notepad

Yep, that’s it.  Hard to believe right? 

Well, believe it.  And more importantly, do it by investing the time into yourself.

Choose Your First Habit

Think about your life and consider one habit.  

One new positive habit that you know would help you improve your life, no matter how small you think it might be.

If you’re unhealthy, maybe it’s to drink a glass of water first thing every morning, or to eat fruit for breakfast.

If you’re unemployed, maybe it’s to read one motivational piece of content each day, or to study something for 20 minutes.

It could be something as simple as expressing gratitude for the good things in your life.  Like the internet, electricity or having food in the fridge.  Whatever it might be (There’s always something).

Write Down Your Plan

Really.  It’s that simple.

Write it down and put it somewhere you’re going to see it the next day.  Preferably, first thing in the morning.  

And make sure to schedule a time when you’re going to do it.  Again, preferably in the morning.

And then do it.

Keep that appointment with yourself like you would a doctor’s appointment.

And then, at the end of the day.  Write it down again.

And do it again.

And again, and again, and again.

Enjoy the Benefits of Taking Action

You start to feel the positive results of your habit.

At the very least, you’re now exercising the art of discipline and bringing that into your life.

And if you keep at it, there will come a time when you don’t need to write it down anymore.  I recommend you still do, but it will become ingrained.  A part of your life.

And it really doesn’t take too long either.

Here’s where the power of this simple action comes into play:

You do it again with another new habit.

Just do the same thing over again.  Write it down, schedule it, do it.

If you do this unbelievably simple process, over time, you will soon be a collection of positive habits that are going to help you create a life you want to be living.

Think of it like deposits in a bank account that grow as you accumulate interest.  At first, it’s just a small amount.  But over time, it grows and grows and grows.  

The key ingredient is time.

I won’t keep you any longer, you’ve got some planning (and action-taking!) to do.  

To your success!

Nigel Cook
Accountability Coach