We often try to set goals or make a promise to do something that will happen in the future. This might be to quit a bad habit, start a new venture or plan a big event. It is great to plan for the future but trying to focus on something that isn’t happening right now, can often be too overwhelming to manage.
What we can do is focus on just ‘one day at a time’. Tell yourself, you can get through today and don’t think about tomorrow or next week or next month. Most of us have enough will power to commit to doing something or not doing something for just one day. Then the next day, you focus on another ‘one day at a time’ and keep going. This is a positive way of working towards your goals and dealing with your struggles. Write your daily goal in a journal or on a calendar so you can keep track of your progress.
- Are you trying to stick to a diet? You CAN eat healthy foods just for today.
- Are you trying to stop smoking? You CAN go without cigarettes just for today.
- Are you trying to stop criticizing? You CAN go for just one day without criticizing.
- Are you trying to exercise? You CAN exercise just for today.
- Are you trying to de-clutter your house? You CAN work on it today.
Just focus on doing something for one day. You CAN do it! When you reach the end of the day, put a big check mark in your journal or on your calendar. Make sure you congratulate yourself for doing a good job. Then tomorrow, do it again ‘one day at a time‘ and remember to pat yourself on the back. See how many days you can keep going. The more you manage, the easier it gets.
If you just can’t make it through one day, don’t be discouraged. Some days we will fail at meeting our expectations but this just means we are human. Everyone slides backwards sometimes but when we do, we should just keep going and try harder to accomplish the task. Give yourself a pep talk and start again the next day! Slow and sure wins the race.
Remember, just one day at a time!!