How are you at completing your goals? Some of us are chronic ‘unfinishers,’ we start something and then get distracted. Is it procrastination, distraction, fear of failure, or maybe some other pattern. Setting up healthy patterns and then sticking to them is sometimes hard. Here are some tips to help you at completing your goals.
Failure is Good
Yes, to fail means first attempt in learning. Failure helps us to learn and prioritize. When learning how to walk, we failed many times before mastering the ability. It is only our minds that tell us we have to perfect the first time. Failure also reminds us of why we chose the path that we are on. We might decide to stop eating chocolate after 6pm because it interrupts our sleep. One day we fail and have a rough night’s sleep. This lesson is a reminder of why we stopped eating chocolate so late at night, not a reason to give up.
Every morning, take five minutes to recommit to goals. To achieve our goals, we must affirm those aspirations daily. Maybe we repeat our goal as an affirmation, bring it to the forefront of our minds before we set about our days. Scripting is a technique where you write a short paragraph as though you have already achieved your goal. This practice can help us formulate action and remind us of the path we are on.
Changing our language helps us change our thought process about our goals. It may also subvert the excuses we come up with to avoid taking the next step. If cardio is a goal and that word makes us cringe, we are not going to go to the gym. Instead of calling it cardio, change it to personal growth time and use the treadmill to listen to a podcast. Better yet, some gyms have a Cardio Theater where they show a movie while using the exercise machines (for some reason they frown when you bring popcorn…).
Planning is Valuable
Planning sessions are a great way to cultivate forward momentum. Sit down every Sunday and plan the week. How we spend our free is what we make our priority. Using a habit tracker can keep us on track for the life and patterns we are building. This is a habit tracker I love, makes it easier than creating one each week: https://amzn.to/3xf26lL.
These tips can help you realign your mind and energy to create the version of you that you are seeking in 2023.