As 2018 comes to a close, and 2019 is here, I can’t help but think about a phrase I heard years ago: start as you mean to go on.
For me, starting as you mean to go on means to start your task, your journey, your next steps, with an intention of success. Of finishing with pride. Of being just as motivated at the end as you were at the beginning.
While it does tie in a little bit with the starting with the why behind your goals and resolutions, it’s more about the intention you set as you begin your journey.
Many people approach the new year and their goals with energy and excitement. They dive “all in” – it’s all or nothing. It’s striving to get everything done all in that first month.
And then by mid-January, they’ve run out of steam. They’re burnt out, and they’ve fallen off the wagon. The starting as they mean to go on got the better of them because they put out too much, too soon.
By sitting down and mapping a path, even before you begin, you’re starting as you mean to go on. You’re being methodical in your approach. You defined your goal, your why, and now, you’ve defined the start and end.
But starting as you mean to go on also means… not putting off the start. You won’t lose weight without that first trip to the gym, or walking away from that next serving. You won’t get a new job without spending time working on your CV. You won’t get that raise without outlining your successes and pulling together a compelling argument as to why you’re worth more.
I’ve set just three goals for myself for this year (I’ll talk about those in my next post). They’re all pretty large and gnarly, and they all have pretty significant reasons behind why I chose to pursue them… which is why there are only three. It’s going to take me a long time to reach each one. I’ve already broken out my plan – beginning, middle, and end.
It’s January 1. How are you starting as you mean to go on?