Use daily habits to be who you want to be

Long-term change comes from short-term changes.

If we want to make a major change in our life, whether it's starting a new career or losing 20lbs, there isn't unfortunately a magic wand that can make it happen instantly.

I remember watching a documentary about David Beckham, and one of his coaches said that he used to spend hours every day practicing free-kicks. Was he a natural free-kick taker? Was it his innate talent that made him special? Or was it just the case that he had the right daily habits to make success inevitable?

Any long-term goal requires a plan to be realised. And for any plan to be kept, you need to structure your day to ensure you are consistently working towards your objectives.

This isn't rocket science, but it's incredibly important. To be who you want to be, you need to start acting like it today. Once these changes become habitual, then you will be a step closer to being where you want to be in life.

Get a notebook and draw the table below. Under 'Attributes', write down who you want to be in the different areas of your life, whether that's a confident speaker next to 'Work', a runner next to 'Health' or a loving dad/mum next to 'Family'. Then write down all the habits that will get you there.

Remember, who you are in 6 months is the result of habits formed today - so who do you want to be?