The first two weeks of 2016 are well under way and we want to make sure you have all the tools, support, and accountability you need stay committed to your resolutions and goals this year!
Whether personal or career related- most people abandon their resolutions in the first WEEK of the New Year- a sad but true reality!
If you’ve taken positive action towards your goals this week, give yourself a pat on the back! You deserve it!
So why are people so quick to jump ship when it comes to taking action towards their goals?
“This is a lot more difficult than I thought…”
“I’ll start next week when things aren’t so crazy at work/home…”
“I need to do ABC before I can pursue XYZ…”
“I don’t have the money yet to hire a personal trainer/ sign up for that online course/ etc.”
“ I don’t have time to start now, but in a few months things will be different…”
Sound familiar? The truth is- finding excuses will always come easily. The longer you wait- the less likely you are to get started. Don’t let excuses get in the way of you achieving your greatest desires and living your best life as soon as possible.
Implement a few of these proven techniques to help you get started and stay committed. It will be totally worth it!
Put your goals in writing- whether in a journal you review often or on sticky notes you can post around your home and office- the act of writing them down ensures that they won't be forgotten. Research indicates that when we set goals, " a part of our brain believes that the desired outcome is an essential part of who we are- setting up the conditions that drive us to work towards the goal to fulfill the brain's self-image" (The Science of Setting Goals). So when you set goals- your brain will automatically start setting you up for success because it expects you to achieve them. It's important, though, that the goals you set are reasonable and achievable. The bigger the goal and desired outcome- the more potential there is for the brain to experience anxiety and stress around achieving it. Set long term and short term goals that follow the S.M.A.R.T Goal structure. Learn more about this in our last blog post HERE.
Get clear on why you want to reach your specific goals. What significance does it have for you? Are you really doing it for you or for someone else? Do you really think you need to lose weight or are you feeling pressure from a parent? Do you really want to learn that new skill or do you feel like you “have to” in order to get that promotion at work? The fastest way to experience failure is by setting goals that aren’t authentic to your personal beliefs. Make sure that you are setting goals for the right reason and then write down all the ways achieving that goal will bring more happiness, joy, wealth, satisfaction, better health, and abundance into your life. Consider creating vision boards that show what your life will look and feel like once you’ve reached that goal!
Maximize your chance of success by sharing your goals with friends and family. Having the accountability and support of loved ones will go a long way in helping you stay committed. Without information the people around you about your goals- they might unknowingly sabotage your efforts by placing obligations on you or tempting you with food or behavior that you are trying to avoid.
Decide how you will reward yourself for each milestone you achieve along the way. When you can look forward to small rewards, it will keep you motivated and give you something to feel excited about. The rewards should be more desirable as you progress towards the end result. Have you decided to add yoga into your fitness routine this year? Celebrate conquering that challenging pose by rewarding yourself with a new yoga mat or outfit! Maybe after 9 months of consistent practice you will reward yourself by attending that yoga retreat you read about!
Treat your goals as priorities and schedule daily or weekly activity into your calendar that gives you the necessary time it takes to make progress. We all have the same 24-hours in a day. No matter how busy you are- if you want to see changes in your life you have to start doing things differently and sometimes it requires making sacrifices. That 2-hour reality T.V session you have every night? Perhaps that can go in favor of pursuing a life-enhancing goal? While the first few days or weeks will be the most challenging- staying focused and committed to your goal will become easier and easier thanks to neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine. Dopamine is a chemical that helps you stay focused and motivated and it creates feelings of satisfaction when the brain experiences achievement. Focusing on our goals literally feels good- thus rewarding us internally for pursuing our goals and making it easier for us to stay committed. Pretty soon, the positive behavioral changes will become a habit!
Take as little as 5 minutes every day to think about your goal and visualize what your life will look like once you’ve achieved it. Visualization techniques are extremely powerful. Try doing this every day first thing in the morning or before you go to bed. To supplement your visualization practice, take 1 or 2 Nambu herb capsules with some water before focusing on your goal. Our customers have experienced amazing mindset benefits when including Nambu herbs in their daily ritual.
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These are just a few things you can start doing today to set yourself up for success. Every single step in the right direction counts. Seeking accomplishment and change in our lives can be a long and challenging journey. Learning to acknowledge and celebrate your progress will make the road to success much more enjoyable and fulfilling.