If you’ve ever made a New Year’s resolution only to give up on it before January was even over, you know how hard it can be to make a change in your life. You start out with the best of intentions, but you either run out of steam or have trouble figuring out how to even start.
That’s why we love the idea of building a “streak.” It takes those big, great things we all want to accomplish and breaks them down into small, manageable steps.
Take those steps, apply a “Give It All” mentality, and amazing things can happen.
Change Starts with Small Habits
Joe DiMaggio didn’t build his record-breaking 56-game hitting streak by aiming to be a legend; he built it by approaching each at bat with the same dedication and devotion to personal excellence — every game, every time.
The same approach can help you accomplish whatever it is you’re trying to build.
Want to get in better shape? It begins with showing up, every day, and resolving to exercise and eat better.
Want to write a novel? It begins with sitting down, whether you feel like it or not, and putting something — anything — down on the page.
Then doing that the next day.
And the day after.
Day by day, bit by bit, momentum grows and things start changing. You may not realize it while you’re in the midst of the streak, but if you look back over time, you’ll see the progress.
Anyone can do it, and you can start anytime.
What Are YOU Building Towards?
Think about that thing you’ve been wanting to do for a while, but you weren’t quite sure how to start. Maybe it’s getting in better shape, maybe it’s getting that promotion, maybe it’s starting your own business.
Now, think about what you can do, starting today, to get one step closer to that. Then make the commitment to show up and Give It All — today, tomorrow, and the day after that.
You may not always “feel” like it.
You may have some slip-ups.
You may not always see the momentum you’re building, but it is being built.
Small steps, done regularly and consistently, build up to great things. Daily habits can transform your whole life. It all starts with deciding you’re ready to “step up to the plate” and Give It All, and then doing that each and every day.