When my friends come to me for advice about reaching their goals, I give it to them. Usually, after that, I hear excuses. A few classics:
“Oh, that won’t work because … ” “I tried something like that once … ” (and, my personal favorite), “I don’t have enough time.”
Despite my frustration, I am the first to admit that, just like them, I can rationalize inaction or find an excuse for anything I don’t want to do. I'm only ready to change when there's a truly compelling reason to do so.
That doesn’t necessarily mean hitting rock bottom, although that’s definitely a motivator. When I have a goal I'm super excited about, I’m willing to do whatever it takes to reach that goal. I’m willing to stop self-sabotaging, take a good look at myself, and clean house. Literally.
That, in fact, is the topic of this article.
A lot of people ask me about how I started my company, Aligned Holistics. These people generally fall into two camps:
The people who want to know all the juicy details of how I healed my depression and ADHD and the people who want to pursue a goal (like starting a business) but can’t seem to find the time to make it happen.
To some degree, the two go hand-in-hand. See, a major element in creating a life I love (and getting off the meds) was creating systems that supported my needs—from self-care to organization and time management, I needed to create structure that allowed me to get out of my own way and let the magic happen.
I could write an entire book on how to start a business doing what you love, but here I want to focus on the tools that’ll give you the biggest results in the smallest amount of time. When it comes to conquering your demons and reaching for your dreams, here are the three simplest changes to make for the highest impact: