Wandering Generalities Won’t Ever Change

I have limited patience for theory. I mean, it is definitely important to understand how systems work, sure. But I used to get frustrated in school because we seemed to discuss theory way more than we discussed application. I need to see what can be done with all this theory so it can fuel my inspiration to learn the material.


So enough theory. Let’s apply the concept of change to an area of your life.

What bad habit are you going to focus on changing? How will you accomplish this? Be specific!

Zig Ziglar called people “wandering generalities” when they seem to have no defined purpose. It’s time to get serious and become a “meaningful specific” instead.

None of this “I need to get better at life” stuff. No more “I suck at being productive” or “I want to lose weight.” Let’s put on big kid pants and nail down your desire for change. What specifically needs to change? What are you working on? How are you going to do it?

Maybe you’re lazy and you want to change it. Maybe you feel tired all the time because you eat unhealthy food often and don’t exercise. And your choices have now made your overeating and lack of fitness obvious to others.

Now break it down into bite-sized goals.

You can figure this out. Don’t make me spell it out for you. You’ve got to confront each facet of this change head-on. One facet is groceries and restaurants. Another is signing up for a gym membership. Another is scheduling a time to work out three days a week.

And to really nail it down, experts highly recommend writing down your goal. If it’s sensitive, start a private journal collecting your thoughts and strategies.

Regardless of what you do — do something!

It’s not head knowledge. Not changing is rarely an issue of ignorance. Usually, you know better, but you fail to follow through.

And you fail to follow through because your goals are vague and undefined.

Stop being a wandering generality. Get specific!

Zig Ziglar said, “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” What are your specific goals for change?