Happy New Year!!! We have officially said goodbye to 2015 and across the globe people are welcoming in 2016 with hope, encouragement and good cheer. As most of us turn the calendar forward we also take time to set new plans/resolutions/goals for the New Year. I (as well as hundreds of others) have written before about how to be sure your resolutions are goals rather than dreams and you can read all about that here.
So if you are one of the millions who have set a new goal for 2016, I want to encourage you to do one simple thing that will help you achieve whatever your new goal is.
Take a before picture!!!
And I am not just talking about those of you with weight loss or body image goals. Yes, if you have those goals, take that mirror selfie or have a friend get shots of you from all those oh so pleasing angles.
Regardless of the scope of your resolution – take a before picture!!!
But what about those other resolutions?
Better organization – take shots of your office/bedroom/house/inbox as they are today.
Eating healthier – take shots of your normal meals, the pantry, the refrigerator.
Better finances – create your balance sheet. What are your assets? What about liabilities? Create it. Save it. Screen shot it.
Improved parenting – find whatever represents how you feel you are not living up and take a picture of that.
I think you get the picture (yep, I went there). Take a pic of whatever will remind you of where you are today – before your efforts kick in. So now the question you should be asking, why? Why document this disaster?
There is power in the concept of before!!!
A before photo indicates there is an ‘after’. It provides hope and encouragement that your current situation is not permanent and can be changed.
Taking a before photo starts the actual process of change. You are already taking a small action towards change. It moves you from dreaming to doing.
No one makes a significant change without stumbling once or twice. Being able to look back and see how far you have come from that ‘before’ can restore your faith in your ability to change. Use it as motivation to never go back.
It tells the story of you!! I have never met someone who has completed a transformation that has not wanted to share it with others to encourage them. Imagine the additional power your story will have when you have made your transition and literally show others how far you have come.
I have never met anyone who has regretted taking before photos but I have met dozens who regret not taking them (including me). I wish I had a photo of what I looked like on the karate mat before I lost the 30lbs. I can vividly see it in my own mind but have nothing to show you all where my journey started from.
So as you set those goals for 2016 be sure to document where you are starting from. Be sure that you capture the power of ‘before’.
Happy New Year and l am looking forward to making 2016 the best year yet!!