Turn your life completely around by doing this ONE positive change, and you can be happier, even in 7 days. Imagine what can happen in a year …
Start with what you know and build from there.
That is the ONE action to do today that can change your life for the better this year.
Technically, there are two actions: start with what you know AND build from there. We can make a summary of that sentence to become one action: build from what you know.
What does that mean? How do you build starting from what you know?
I was reading a forum and found a poster who wanted to make changes in his life. He wrote:
How do I start making changes starting now, this night, before I go to bed? I have the drive to change but no plan, no methods, no ideas. I’ve tried and failed a few times.
You can start making changes right this moment by taking inventory of what you know is true, or seems to be true, and use that as your first building block to create positive change.
For example: When I wanted to change my income (increase it), I knew making a website that sold products was a possible solution. I built from there, writing articles and adding it to the site, one by one. That site eventually started getting visitors in a matter of days. In one year, I was making more money each month from selling products online than from my dead-end job.
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Why ONE Action Could Be Better Than 10 or 22
Some resources recommend 10 or 22 actions you can do to change life, covering various ways such as developing new habits or writing down a plan for the future. While that might sound good, you risk being overwhelmed by the many things you feel you should do.
When you want to make a change, it’s already an overwhelming process. You don’t know what to do, or where to start, and having many options adds to your confusion. That’s why I would rather choose one action – what you know – and start from there.
One action that is done or that you consistently do is better than planning to do ten actions but none of them get done, or they get done poorly. You might be tempted to try everything, but picking one item and zooming in on that can make a big enough shift to get the ball rolling.
Developing a plan consisting of several steps can cause you to fail because you procrastinate from feeling overwhelmed. Take the first step, one action, and then figure it out from there.
On top of that, once you start seeing the change, it won’t matter if you only had to do one action to make it happen. You won’t feel regret that you didn’t do three, or ten, or twenty other actions.
What Do You Know That You Can Use to Build?
Example: At the time I wanted to sell products online, there were two things I knew to be true.
- If I continue working at my dead-end job, I will make the same amount of income. The drawback is that the job didn’t make me feel happy, and I could use the time for another activity.
- I can make a website by writing articles one at a time and adding them to the site. The drawback is that there is no guarantee I will make money.
This process is called taking inventory of what you know.
- Is it true that if I continued working, I would make the same amount of money? Yes.
- Is it true that I can write articles and add them to a site, to make a website? Yes.
Based on what I knew to be true, I decided to leave my job (and the income that came with it) and make a website to sell products online (and the risk of failure that came with that).
You can do this process by yourself to figure what you know, and start building from there. If you want to change your income, what is true about you that can help you get there? If you have any skills that have made money in the past, that is a true piece of information you can use to build.
Starting with what you know (your inventory) and building from there is the ONE action you can do to turn your life around completely this year. You can apply it not only for increasing income, but also to build new or current relationships and improve your well-being.