Researcher say that some 40% of American's make New Year's resolutions whilst only 8% follow through with reaching them. It’s January 7th already and we have three days left to keep strong and focused and not quit! Depending on how many goals you made, some may have fallen off the wayside already never to be picked up again, at least until it’s time to make 2018’s resolutions.
If your willpower is fading here are five steps to help you stay strong and moving forward:
1. Losing the motivation to reach a goal? Think about why you decided to make it in the first place. Ask yourself if it’s still important for you to reach that goal. If the answer is no, leave it alone and move on.
If the answer is YES, close your eyes and visualize reaching that goal, feel the emotion of happiness, joy and success that you will gain. Open your eyes, with that visualization in mind, do one small thing to get you closer to reaching that goal.
2. Have you overloaded yourself with too many resolutions? Revisit and Review your goals. Make a list of each one and then grade them. The ones which are most important should be the ones you need to focus on first.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, reaching one goal at a time is a huge achievement and will give you the motivation to start focusing on the next goal.
3. Like me, maybe the weather is effecting your mood and you feel more lethargy then motivation to do anything let alone reach goals. Take time out and do something that will make you feel good. Take a hot bath with some aromatherapy oils, treat yourself to a message or a pedicure or even if it’s just spending a couple of hours on the couch reading a good book. Our bodies and minds need to be revitalized, once you have had some ‘you’ time and feel rejuvenated, refocusing on those goals will be easier.
4. Don’t let the daily grind get you down. If your day starts off not as positively as you expected it to, remember it’s just a moment. Stop, breath and start again. Keep your mind empty of negativity, look ahead and smile.
5. Don’t let people tell you that you can’t do it. You can do anything if you set your mind to it. Other peoples goals and capabilities are different to yours. Drown out the negative chatter, stay focused and the results will appear.
I would like to leave you with a delightful success story. The first time the young comedian Jerry Seinfeld walked on stage at a comedy club, he looked out at the audience and froze, he was jeered and booed off the stage. Seinfeld knew he could do it, so he went back the next night, completed his set to laughter and applause, and the rest is history.
If you have broken a resolution, glue it back together and start again… because YOU can.
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