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3 Rules for making a change in your life, from William James

‘Its the little things you do that can make a big difference. What are you attempting to accomplish, what little thing can you do today to move you forward? You are probably only one step away from greatness’

Some tactics for making changes …….

William James, known as the father of American psychology said there are three rules to follow if you want to change your life:

  1. Start immediately
  2. Do it flamboyantly
  3. No exceptions

Well you may not want to change your life exactly but you may have thought of achieving a goal or just doing something differently.When it comes to change, many people procrastinate or fall victim to the “perpetually getting ready to do something syndrome”- a feeling that the time’s just not right at the moment, or I’ll start next Monday, better still next month and so on…

Here are some tactics to get things done and beating procrastination now:

  1. If you perceive that the starting task might be unpleasant then schedule it first on your to-do list. It often turns out to be not that bad after all. (no exceptions)
  2. All journey’s begin with a small step, so break down complex projects into small pieces that are manageable and schedule the first step today. (start immediately)
  3. Set a target date for completion. Go public-tell a colleague, friend or partner what you are doing and when you are going to do it  (do it flamboyantly)

Finally don’t forget your biorhythms – schedule your most important tasks during the periods when you have the most energy. – And Protect it!

A final word from Muhammad Ali

‘Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside of them – a desire, a dream, a vision. They have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.’

Of course, you can always contact us directly to tailor a support programme to your needs.

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