Perk up and get back on track with these 4 tips to keep you focused on your goals
- Face your worries: First and foremost, you have to confront those nagging worries that are putting a sour patch to your mood. Analyze and address each worry as follows:
- Write down or speak out your worry (don’t try to do this in your head)
- Why are you worried about this issue? (State it as “I am worried about [State Worry] because [State Consequence]”)
- Is there any action you can take right this moment to improve your situation? If your answer is “Yes” then take immediate action and don’t procrastinate. If your answer is “No” then ask yourself if there is any action you can take in the foreseeable future to improve your situation and if there is, then put down your action item and execute as soon as possible. If however, the situation is hopeless and there is nothing you can do to change it then close the chapter on this worry and plan forward. No need to give yourself an ulcer on something outside of your control.
- Paint a picture of your muse: Instead of just setting goals, paint a picture of what you will like your life to be like 12 months from now. Throw in the embellishments that will get you excited. Mentally walk in those shoes and enjoy the ride for a moment. Let that picture of your ideal self come December 2015 be your muse. Think of your fitness at that time, your financial situation in 12 months, the adventures you would have lived through, your relationships, your accommodations etc. With your muse visualized, craft no more than 5 goals that if accomplished by the end of the year will get you to where you want to be.
- Let your imagination be your motivator: With your goals defined, let your resolutions be a commitment to small actions that if consistently executed will naturally morph into your goal. Once you have that all sorted out, commit to your actions and be consistent. For example, if you see yourself 10lbs lighter come December 2015, then ask yourself, what do I need to do every week to get me there. Once you have identified your recurring commitment, only focus on the actions you have to take today.
- Stay with it: Change is hardly ever easy and breaking old habits can be tough. With that said, if you want a happier you at the end of the year, then do something about it and if you start faltering, let your muse serve as a reminder of the prize that will await you in 12 months if you only do your part and stay committed to the course. All you need to do is stay true to the commitments you set today and tomorrow will be a better day.