Happy New Year everyone.....How about making 2017 the best year yet?.......Here are 4 simple steps:
1. Set a goal you can achieve and take time to think how you would feel if you don't achieve it. You need to change your mindset and make a conscious decision to truly commit to that goal (only having the desire to change isn't enough). Instead of focussing on how hard it is to achieve your goal start thinking of how you will feel by not achieving it (ie lack of self esteem, or still be in the same position in 6/12 months, or poor health.)
2. Believe you can achieve your goal. At the end of the day if you set a goal that you know you won't achieve then you won't (ie "I've tried to lose weight several times, what's going to be different this time?"). Make the goal realistic and believe that this time will be different!
3. Take it one day at a time. Each day is an opportunity to chip away at your goal, every little step counts towards achieving the bigger goal (which may seem daunting at first).
4. Celebrate the small wins. Take a moment and reflect on things you did achieve last year (no matter how small, i.e did you perform better in your job, or finally get round to decorating the house, or make new friends). If you did something to improve your life then that's worth celebrating - self-motivation is the key and acknowledging these small wins really does help give you confidence and a positive association in your brain to that act. I fully recommend getting yourself a success jar for 2017, write down on a slip of paper each time you do something positive and pop it in the jar (read them when you're feeling a little low) - it's so easy to forget all the good that happens and focus too much on the bad - recording it is a great motivational boost.
At the end of the day you can either:
Stop setting goals (since you know you won't achieve them anyway), OR
Take a chance and go for what you want. You are responsible for your own success, setting goals isn't always easy but so worth it in the long run (just remind yourself of the outcome).
Happy New Year to you all, may you believe and achieve!
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