Achieving Your Goals ...Wise Words Wednesday
Posted on 21st November 2017 at 21:11
“If you struggle to reach your goal, don’t change your goal, change your plan” – Steve Judge
Achieving Your Goals
I was inspired to write this blog after listening to Steve Judge, world champion paratriathelete speak at a conference.
In his presentation he spoke about the above quote and it made me think about how people set goals, start off excited and then think about giving up when they face obstacles and setbacks.
I have experienced this myself when I first started my own business. It’s normal and you are not alone.
Top Tips to Push Through and Keep Going
1. Get Clear on Your Vision
Having a vision will help you to see through obstacles and limitations. Just because it doesn’t exist doesn’t mean you can’t achieve it. After all isn’t that what Martin Luther King and Mahatma Ghandi did. Your vision will help you to focus on the activities you need to complete daily to move you towards your desired success.
2. Stay Inspired
It is so important to take time out of your busy day and mentally rehearse what you will experience when you achieve your vision. This means creating a full picture in your mind using all your senses. How will you feel, what will you see, taste, smell and hear? As your brain doesn’t know the difference between what is real and imagined, mentally rehearsing your vision daily will keep you inspired and motivated to achieve your goal.
3. Take Action
Having an action plan helps you to achieve your goal and keeps you on track. For me an action plan is a tool that provides feedback on what you have achieved every day. Being able to tick off your actions on your to do list makes you feel proud and boosts your self-confidence.
I often tell my clients start with taking small steps which enables you to build a new habit of taking the required action. Habits are neurologically fired and wired into the subconscious mind. The more embedded the habit the harder it will be to change it. Taking small steps means you are less likely to experience resistant from the mind and body.
4. Banish Excuses
Another great quote from Steve Judge was “Don’t lean on your excuses. Turn them into challenges”. There are the classics, “I don’t have time”, “there’s too much to do”, “it’s OK for everybody else” etc. etc. etc. The reality is spending time making excuses, moaning or complaining won’t get you where you want to be. Become conscious of the excuses you make.
What excusess do you frequently make? This may be a subconscious habit which is getting in the way of your success. How willing are you to take on the challenge of creating a new habit?
5. Manage Your Energy
Things may not quite go to plan. How well you manage obstacles and setbacks will depend on how resilient you are. Resilience is having a fully charged inner battery of energy. Stress depletes your energy levels very quickly. When you are low on energy you make poor decisions, you don’t think straight, and you are less likely to be in control of your emotions. Make sure you take time out for self- care and re-charge your inner battery of energy. You won’t get far without your health.
6. Keep Perspective
Don’t expect overnight success. No matter how big or small your goal, it will take time and effort. There will be a natural tipping point when you start to see the results of all your efforts. Achieving any goal is never a linear process. It may mean going two steps forward and three steps back. Review your plan and adjust as required.
7. Get Support
You don’t have to do it alone. A coach, a mentor, a critical friend or supportive partner will be worth their weight in gold. Having someone by your side who can give you emotional support is a must. Make sure they are someone you can trust and has your best interests at heart.
Invest your time and energy in the things that matter most.
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Over to You
I would love to hear what your top tips are for achieving your goals. Leave a comment below.
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