Do Less, Do More

Are you looking for a way to make significant changes in your life, but the prospect seems overwhelming? It’s good to have big goals and dreams for yourself, your business, and your loved ones, but sometimes the steps it takes to reach your goals can feel daunting.

Here’s the secret: Significant changes and grand accomplishments don’t happen with a single moment of decision and commitment. Deciding to advance your business or to improve your relationships isn’t all that’s required to make those changes happen. The key is taking small, consistent steps to reach your goals. One great way to focus on this is to remember to do less of some things, and do more of other things.

For example, if your goal is to be more positive in your interactions with your team, you’ll likely feel you have failed in your goal if you give up after the first less-thanideal interaction. Instead, break it down into what you should do less of or more of. Maybe you need to do less of being critical of others’ actions and words, or do less of comparing yourself to your fellow team members. Perhaps you should do more of cheering your team on in their achievements, or do more of sharing your experiences with them in an honest, open way. Each time you succeed in doing less or more of these things, it’s a victory!

Now apply it to your own goal. Think of your major goal—whether it’s a personal development goal, a rank advancement goal, a time management goal, or another personal, family, or business goal. As you consider what you will need to do less or more of to reach this goal, think about these questions:

  • What will your life look like on a daily basis when you reach that goal? How can you start bringing that into your life now?
  • What are the steps required to reach that goal? This might be changes in your thoughts or actions, adjustments in your interactions with others, a certain number of enrollments or classes, etc.
  • What can you do less or more of that will get you closer to this goal each day?

Write down what you need to do less of and more of, and keep those prompts in front of you every day. As you work toward your goals and make progress in these simple steps, the things that you do less of or do more of will shift. That’s one of the beautiful things about this tool—it changes along with you, and it can be applied to a wide variety of goals. Try it and see how it changes your life!

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