“Think more about: What would you do to get closer to your goal? Things that you can check on if you’re doing. “Action items. Make action items. Concrete manageable action that you can make tomorrow.” Gretchen Rubin

“Putting something on your list like ‘lose 50lbs’ or ‘learn spanish’. Those are outcomes. We can’t control outcomes. We can control actions.

“Translate that into an action that you’re going to follow. Like ‘Quit Sugar’ or ‘No more fast food.’ Put that on your list. You can’t wake up tomorrow and lose 50lbs. You can wake up tomorrow and not go to a fast food joint.

“Learn Spanish? That’s a gigantic goal. What are you asking of yourself? It might be: Watch one YouTube video a day. Or use DuoLingo consistently. It’s unlikely that putting ‘Learn Spanish’ on a list is going to help.

“Think more about: What would you do to get closer to your goal? Things that you can check on if you’re doing.

“Action items. Make action items. Concrete manageable action that you can make tomorrow.”

Grethen Rubin

Source: Happier with Gretchen Rubin Episode 203: Plan Your 19 for 2019 

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