It’s that time of year again when many of us look back over the past year – seeing the weight we didn’t lose, money we didn’t earn, and relationship we didn’t develop and, once again feel the pain of not having made the changes we were so hopeful for at the start of this year.
We resolve, with the promise of a new beginning that tells us, “Next year will be different,” we set about making grand plans and resolutions for the year ahead, knowing in our hearts we will most likely abandon them before the end of the first month of the new year.
What is it that sabotages our noble intentions and what can we do about it?
First, decide what it is you truly want. Not what someone thinks you should want but what you actually want. Take time to think about what really matters to you.
Next, write it down in the form of an affirmative goal. “I am happily reaching my ideal weight of 125 pounds,” for example. Writing a goal in itself can have a powerful effect on it’s accomplishment.
Next, write down why you want it. This important step, overlooked by many, is a key to achieving what you want for your life. The bigger your “why,” the more motivated you will be to stick to your plan.
Then, write how you will feel when you have this. Imagine yourself being the person you want to become. How does this feel? Now, do the opposite. Write down everything you’re missing out on by not having done this. Get honest. What will another year of financial pressure do to you and your family.
These two steps of identifying how achieving your goals will make you feel and what you’re missing out on by not having done so, will give you the leverage you’ll need to push through the inertia that stops most people.
Lastly, ask yourself what one simple step you can take, right now, that will move you toward your desires and do it. This confirms to your subconscious mind that you are serious about making changes and sets your goal into motion.
As Thoreau taught us, “If one advances confidently in the direction of his (or her) dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.”
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