This Week in PCM : Allowing Yourself to Be a Beginner

Oftentimes many people are dissuaded from starting new tasks or changing their habits because they are not expert. It is important to remember that everyone starts off as an amateur. No one instantly becomes an expert. Of course, you want to become an expert one day but getting started is the first step.

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I admit that I fall into this trap. When you have a degree, certification or a certain success level, you hate even thinking about the reality of starting over. You realize how much time and effort it takes to accomplish these things; however, you must admit that eating unhealthy, not exercising and procrastination are not good habits. We must change our habits like yesterday. We must also change our unrealistic perceptions of what new habits’ successes would look like. Remember, our future success may not look like our current success. For example, your definition of success receiving your degree differs from your success definition of receiving your first job. As we advance through life, our success definition changes. That’s why when you decide to change, you cannot uphold your future success definition to your current one. Therefore, allow yourself to be a beginner by starting right now!

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Keeping the Momentum Going until You Win

Oftentimes people stop working as hard once the momentum starts accelerating. You gain some traction and all of a sudden, you think that the ‘machine can runs itself.’ That’s the biggest mistake you can ever make because this is the exact when you should be working overtime. You want to continue the good fortune that you’re currently experiencing. Below I offer the why and the how to keep the momentum going.

Why Keep the Momentum Going?

You’re not done yet. You don’t celebrate wins when you’re only 60%-70% there. You haven’t fulfilled your goal yet.

Remember how hard it was to get started

Paradigm shifts consume time and energy. You are changing your mind and routine. Imagine if you stop in the middle. You’ll have to summon up the same amount of strength and fortitude to restart. Keep going because you won’t have the same enthusiasm doing it over again.

Don’t Look Like a Quitter

Stopping in the middle makes you look like a quitter. Who wants to be around one? People avoid quitters like the plague. Quitting midstream makes you look uncommitted.

How to Keep the Momentum Going

Remember that once you’re done, you don’t have to do it ever again. For example, part of the joy of completing your degree is knowing that you’re done. Yes, trade war stories at the alumni gala but you’re glad the ‘battle of earning your degree’ is over.

Remember why you’ve started

You want to have a better future. You’ve made a decision to change your current circumstances because you don’t want to live your old life anymore. Following through until end is an important reason to keep the momentum going.

Insanity is doing the same thing but expecting a different result.

You don’t want to be in the same place as you’ve started. Don’t get stuck in the mud.  Remember how immobilizing mediocrity was until you started doing something different. By keeping the momentum going you are accomplishing two things simultaneously: distancing yourself from your old self and getting closer to who you want to become.

Decide to stay unstuck by keeping the momentum going right now. Your future self will thank you for it.