Stay Motivated By Looking At How Far You’ve Come

Stay Motivated By Looking At How Far You’ve Come

Sometimes these goals and resolutions of ours can get really hard, but maintaining the necessary levels of motivation to keep moving forward can be done in a number of ways. Motivating yourself can be as simple as tricking your brain into seeing things in a new light. One of the best ways to gain fresh perspective is actually to examine your past. It’s true. While many believe the past is best left behind, taking a look back can be incredibly useful when you purposefully pull out only the good things. Let me show you how you can stay motivated by looking at how far you’ve come.

1. Examine Your Past

You can start by looking at the goal or resolution you’re currently pursuing to find examples of times you’ve moved forward along this path. For example, if you’ve hit a plateau in your weight loss, look back on the ways you’ve been successful on your journey so far. Reminding yourself of these weight loss accomplishments can give you the resolve to tackle the obstacle you’re up against right now. If you’re finding it difficult just starting out and you don’t have successes to pull from with regard to your newest goal, you’ll need to take a different approach. This one involves finding other areas in your life in which you’ve had success and have overcome difficulties. While that time may not be the same as this current challenge, this kind of self-examination lets you know that you have done hard things before. It gives you the confidence to know you can do them again.

2. Write It Down

Once you’ve started thinking of the times in which you’ve been successful in the past, write them down as evidence you can return to during tough times. Record the past triumphs related to your current goal, but also choose other accomplishments of which you’re especially proud. You may even want to consider adding photos of certificates and awards or copies of positive employment reviews and congratulatory notes from colleagues. These can be a great addition to your file of visual reminders. Don’t stop there. If you want to keep the motivation going and continue to see the worth in your current pursuits, it’s a good idea to keep a weekly record of small things you do well. Include tasks you accomplish for work, small triumphs in your personal life or projects you’ve taken care of around the house. Doing so can be a powerful confidence booster for when you’re not feeling that great about your potential.

3. Make a Plan

Finally, you’ll want to use the evidence you collect as a resource for making a plan to attack your current struggle. Going back to our hypothetical weight loss plateau, you could review the goals you’ve accomplished already on the road to becoming more fit. Write down the tangible steps you took to get there and then take it farther by making a list of the types of personal strengths you utilized to make those goals a reality. Do the same thing by examining an unrelated accomplishment if you don’t have anything relevant to the immediate task at hand. Then brainstorm ways you can use those qualities to move past this slump. You may have discovered that it was your sheer stubbornness that helped you lose those first 10 pounds or so. Some may see being stubborn as a negative, but that’s not necessarily so in this case. Don’t be afraid to delve deep within and to be honest about what you find. Use those discoveries to your advantage to move push past your road block.

I hope you have an idea of how you can use past accomplishments to keep you motivated toward your goal or resolution. I’ve always found this to be a really empowering way to get back on track.

Break It Down – One Small Task A Day

Break It Down – One Small Task A Day

In our last post, I touched upon the idea of taking small steps each day toward achieving your goal. The thought of this may seem to be taking the idea of baby steps a bit far or to be kind of silly. However, instilling little daily tasks into your routine can have a really big impact on your achievements in life. It’s worth giving a try. Join me as we look at ways to break it down and go from resolution to daily tasks. I promise you this is worth a shot and can make any looming obstacle seem easier to tackle.

1. Go for Tiny

Even the most minuscule actions can move you closer to your goal. Just ask the researcher, BJ Fogg, who created a movement based on just that concept. Tiny Habits is a worldwide phenomenon based on Fogg’s own research that has helped thousands of people to achieve their goals through starting out in the absolute smallest of ways. The research and noted experience of participants has shown that such actions truly do have an impact and can take you to places you may never have dreamed possible. 

2. Make a List

To get started, begin by brainstorming a list of all the little things you can think of that might help you to reach your bigger, overarching resolution. If we’re talking about writing that book, jot down small steps like generating five ideas for character names, free writing a plot summary for a half hour or outlining potential chapter titles. These are all very doable actions that are necessary to the process of writing a book. Doing one each day will certainly move you closer to attaining the once-unattainable goal of becoming an author.

3. Set It in Stone

Once you’ve written your list, begin to put it in an order that makes sense. Then take your tentative outline and transfer it to your daily agenda. Whether that’s in paper form in a book you carry around, on a large calendar hung on your wall or in an electronic app, it doesn’t matter. The point is to solidify your action plan for each day so that you’re continually moving forward and making small-step progress toward your bigger goal.

4. Review It

Notice that I used the word “tentative’ when I advocated transferring your outline to a daily planner. That’s because sometimes we need to tweak our goals a bit. You’ll want to check your progress occasionally to make sure you’re on track. You may find that some of your tiny action steps are redundant or not very efficient. If that’s the case, simply remove them from your calendar and replace them with tasks that make more sense for where you are at that moment.

See how much sense breaking it down into daily tasks makes? You honestly can accomplish giant things through tiny steps. Give it a try and see for yourself.

 

Kick Overwhelm To The Curb By Breaking It Down Into Baby Steps

Kick Overwhelm To The Curb By Breaking It Down Into Baby Steps

As I’ve already discussed, it’s important that your goals and resolutions be somewhat challenging, but not too overwhelming. Something that’s easy to accomplish may not seem worth doing and probably won’t make much of an impact on your life. On the other hand, if it seems impossible, you might not even want to try to accomplish that task. Setting an objective to a challenging level that’s somewhere in the middle is usually best, but even these realistic desires can seem way too much at times. So what do you do? Giving up isn’t an option. You want to be successful at keeping your resolution this time. The answer actually isn’t that difficult. You can easily kick overwhelm to the curb by breaking things down into baby steps. Keep reading, and I’ll show you how it’s done.

1. Define It

First, you’ll want to be sure you have a well-defined goal. It should have all the SMART components we’ve mentioned before. When you follow these guidelines, you’ll have a target that’s actionable and can be broken down into manageable pieces. You’ll have a task ahead of you that can be measured and that has an end point. Now you just need to move forward to figure out the best way to take control of this big dream.

2. Break It Down

You gain control by breaking it down. If you want to write a book, you probably don’t want to just start typing and hope for the best. Instead, figure out the steps that will get it done. Go as small or micro as you need to in order to feel comfortable. If it all seems like just too much, try to come up with the smallest baby steps possible to take so that you’ll at least be doing something. Perhaps a trip to the library or museum for historical research can be your jumping off point. If you’re a history buff, this will be a fun activity without that intimidation factor, but it will also be undertaking a necessary step toward writing your masterpiece.

3. Get Out the Map

Next, you’ll want to set milestones for when you’ll complete each step. This will not only keep you moving forward and on track to reaching your goal, but it’s also a great way to trick your brain. You’ll be able to check each one off as it’s completed and see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. That’s very powerful when it comes to managing overwhelm. Consider going even further by coming up with one baby step you can take each day toward fulfilling your desire. This way you’ll always be moving ahead.

Follow these guidelines to breaking your goals into baby steps. Mini actions are far less intimidating than grand plans. Yet you can achieve the same results with both.

Success Tip – Don’t Try To Change Too Much At Once

Success Tip – Don’t Try To Change Too Much At Once

It may seem counterproductive for me to advise you to limit yourself when it comes to setting goals and resolutions, but please hear me out. There are a lot of solid reasons why you may wish to choose only one or two objectives to set your sights on. Goals that are manageable can actually allow you to accomplish far more than ones that cover every single aspect of your life. Prioritizing your pursuits lets you achieve the things that are most important to you. Read on to discovery just why it’s smart that you don’t try to change too much at once.

1. Increase Focus

With fewer goals, you have more focus. Developing laser focus allows you to prioritize and to give your limited energy to the things that matter most to you. When you spread yourself too thin, you won’t be able to stay on top of all the tasks required to manage these desires. Sure, you may want to shake up all sorts of things in your life, but it makes more sense to give your attention only to the most important ones. Once those are addressed, you can move onto the next area on your agenda for improvement. It’s great to have a mindset of constant personal developing and to always be striving for better. Just be sure not to expect it all at once.

2. Promote Passion

Passion and desire are strong motivators. When you prioritize your targets and shoot for only those that are most important to you, you’re bound to find yourself feeling more passionate about reaching them. Listen to your intuition and rule out any resolutions that don’t speak to your soul. Give your energy only to the ones that are most meaningful to your world, and you’re bound to be more successful as you let your passion guide you.

3. Avoid Overwhelm

Let’s face it; there are only so many hours in each day. Taking the time to address each and every little thing you want to change about yourself simply isn’t realistic. Doing so will set yourself up for burn out quickly, and then you’ll find yourself accomplishing absolutely nothing. Isn’t it better to choose specific goals that set yourself on fire and make you want to work toward achieving them than to try to fix all the nitpicky little details?

4. Achieve More

Finally, you’ll find that you actually achieve more by setting limits on the number of resolutions you make. When you’re successful at reaching the most meaningful goals you’ve set for yourself, you’ll feel motivated to keep going. You’ll also feel a sense of pride in your accomplishment and will be energized to go further in your self-development.

There you have it, the reasons why it makes sense to avoid trying to change too much at once. Trust me; you’ll be happier and more successful when you take this route.

 

Journaling – A Powerful Tool For Achieving Goals and Resolutions

Journaling – A Powerful Tool For Achieving Goals and Resolutions

When it comes to keeping your resolutions and achieving your goals, sometimes you have to have a few tricks up your sleeve. The drudgery of day to day life can sometimes threaten to push the milestones you’ve set for yourself to the backburner. It’s easy to forget your purpose. Anything that can keep your objective at the forefront of your mind is a good thing. For those who like to write, a journal can be a powerful tool for goals and resolutions. In today’s post, I’d like to show you how it works and the benefits journaling can have on your progress.

Your Journal

Your journal can be any tool that allows you to record your thoughts. You may wish to do so electronically on your computer with a word processing program or even by finding an app or website that lets you keep your musings in one easy-to-find place. Many of us prefer using technology because we’ve incorporated it into so many other areas of our lives. It’s also easy to retrieve and involves less wasted paper. Others may like to return to the more traditional paper method of journal keeping. Writing with a pen and paper can be a therapeutic act in and of itself. It doesn’t matter what type of journal you choose, as long as you are comfortable with it.

The Purpose

The reason behind journaling is simple. It allows you to bring your thoughts to forefront and to keep your reasons or you why behind your resolutions close at hand. Writing down your feelings with regard to your goals helps you to sort things out. You can read back over your words and discover patterns or motivations. This resource also provides you a tangible record. This is useful in tracking your progress, also in holding yourself accountable, providing motivation and making sense of your thoughts. There are loads of benefits to keeping a journal in conjunction with your goals and resolutions.

The Process

Journaling is an activity that should be ongoing. You want to consider making it a part of your regular routine so that you can get the most out of the activity. Writing sporadically can be somewhat beneficial in getting your thoughts out of your head, but having only a handful of entries doesn’t allow you the full benefit of noting patterns and making other such discoveries. Create a time to write in your journal. Add it to your calendar so that you won’t forget. Many people prefer to write in the morning so that they can plan their day and set the mood for what’s to come. Perhaps night time writing might work better for you as a way to process all that’s occurred throughout the previous hours. Whatever you do, set a pattern and make it a habit. Also, consider setting up an environment that’s relaxing and that signals to your brain it’s time to write. Perhaps sitting in a window nook with a cup of tea might be nice or enjoying the morning quiet at the dining room table before the rest of the house wakes up is your thing.

No matter how you decide to journal, I recommend giving it a try. Your process and implements should be personal and meaningful to you. I predict you’ll discover some incredibly powerful benefits to journaling your resolutions and goals.

The Value Of Measuring Your Progress Along The Way

The Value Of Measuring Your Progress Along The Way

Often, it’s hard to see slow progress. Measuring change and recording it to review later can help you see that you are actually making progress and will reach your goal if you keep going. Without concrete measurements, you might not realize you’re truly getting somewhere. Every baby step is progress. Let’s look at the value of measuring your progress along the way, how you can do that and why it works.

About Measurement

When it comes to goals, measurement is any method that identifies progress or lack thereof. Therefore, it makes sense that your units or ways will vary depending upon your specific pursuit. How often you note your progress will also be tied to the specific goal at hand. Some things will be best measured sporadically, as progress is expected to come slowly. Others can be examined on a more regular basis, such as weekly, because the change is more noticeable. It’s important to get a handle on the general type of measurements you’ll want to take.

Why Measure

Measuring your goal lets you see whether you’ve made a dent, are at a standstill or have fallen behind. This information is useful in helping you to make or adjust a plan of action for getting on track. Your measurements act as your guide toward reaching your goal. They give you a realistic “big picture” as to how you’re doing along the way. Without any type of progress indicator, you may find yourself lost in overwhelm or thinking you’re doing better than you are. Both of these scenarios can lead to disappointment and failed goals.

How to Measure Progress

Let’s look at just a few ways you may wish to measure your goal’s progress.

As noted earlier, each goal will have a different unit and method of measurement. Deciding upon these isn’t necessarily difficult, but it is important to give the matter some thought ahead of time.

When possible, it’s good to use quantitative measurement of some kind. This is the type of figure that is concrete and not left to interpretation. Sometimes you can measure by task or plan. Do this by setting up a daily, weekly or monthly activity list for tasks you need to complete in order to reach your goal. Check off each activity as it’s done, and you can easily see if you’re on track.

Other record keeping methods are good, too, for certain types of goals. Beyond tracking pounds lost or dollars saved, you might also wish to record observations. If you’re working toward having a more positive attitude each day, keeping a diary or journal is useful in viewing your progress regarding such abstract concepts.

I hope these suggestions have given you some food for thought and that you now understand the benefits of measurement in goal setting and are feeling more confident in the process.