This year, 2021, has literally been like no other, for all of us. For a while it may have seemed as though a dark cloud was descending on the planet, thwarting any personal goals for healthy weight loss and self-improvement.
But once again, many of us began to tap into our individual and collective strength to turn our lives around. For 2022, let’s keep that momentum building. Now is not the time to keep moving forward to achieving your life goals! One thing we are seeing is how precious life is. The fact that we can not take our health and happiness for granted has never been more clear. Isn’t it time to do everything in your power to get and stay healthy?
Today is the dawn of the New Year and most likely your motivation to take charge of your life is high.
As you assess your life, your attention may be steered to an area you’d like to improve. Whether it’s losing ten pounds, eating more nutritiously, beginning an exercise regime or quitting smoking, your goals are noble and feel like they’re within your reach.
Just as you’re beginning to feel great joy arise at the prospect of being all that you can be, the dreaded voices of doubt inevitably begin to barrage your senses. “Who are you kidding, you make this commitment to yourself every year. Why would this time be any different? What makes you think you can do it? Why set yourself up for disappointment?”
Before you succumb to these negative voices, rise up to meet them by putting in place the following 8 steps which are guaranteed to insure your success and help you to create the life of your dreams.
1. Make the Goal Realistic
Don’t set the bar too high. In other words, if your goal is to begin exercising, avoid the temptation to run five miles the first day and then fall over in exhaustion, breaking your inner commitment to get in shape this year. Instead, remember that slow and steady is what ultimately wins the race. If you want to stop drinking and cold turkey has never worked for you before, begin to cut back and set guidelines for yourself e.g. I only drink on Saturday evening or I will not drink alone at home.
2. Stay Focused on Your Vision
Rather than putting all your attention on any possible failures, focus your awareness on the outcome that you desire. Spend time fantasizing about the reward of achieving your higher potential. If your goal is to become an excellent public speaker, imagine the audience clapping and smiling with delight as you approach the podium. If you have been battling with nicotine addiction, use all your senses to help you relish the wonderful feeling of living your life smoke-free, breathing easily. Take time to sense the relief and joy of having your hair, clothes, furniture and car smell clean and fresh. Hear the voices of loved ones supporting and congratulating you.
3. Model Success
Find someone who has already accomplished your coveted goal and discern their wisdom in this area of their life. See if you can distill the steps they took to achieve what you desire to accomplish. Use the person who has already succeeded with what you are attempting to achieve as a model for yourself to help you break free from any obstacles. Chances are they encountered similar challenges and by studying their method of success, you can obtain valuable information on how to get beyond these difficulties.
4. Believe in a New Possibility for Yourself
The past need not be a barometer of the future. You are worthy of attaining the goals that mean so much to you. The key is belief in your self, perseverance and persistence. If you feel discouraged, remind yourself that it took Alexander Graham Bell fourteen years to invent the telephone. Even though baseball player Babe Ruth was famous for having the most home runs, it’s helpful to realize that he also had the most strike-outs. Failure and success go hand in hand when you are playing the game of life. Stay strong in your belief that you deserve the best life possible for yourself.
5. Set Attainable, Measurable Goals
It makes it a whole lot easier to experience success when you have a measurable, realistic goal. Rather than focusing on a large goal that looms in the distance, such as eating only organic foods that you grow yourself, tell yourself that you will plant an herb garden with five or six fresh herbs within the next ten days. Find a time when you can comfortably shop for the plants, fertilizer and pots, and schedule it on your calendar. Then plan a few meals that will allow you the delicious reward of eating the nutritious greens that you have planted yourself. Setting these types of specific, reachable goals insures the likelihood that you will ultimately live the type of life you desire.
6. An Action a Day . . .
Establishing positive momentum is the key. Each day take at least one positive action towards your goal. If your goal is to lose 20 lbs, make sure that every day you are moving in that direction. Keep one or two full glasses of water near your bed, so that when you wake up in the morning you can be sure to start your day with sufficient pure, fresh water to cleanse your system. If you take the bus to work, get off a few stops earlier and walk the rest of the way. Have comfortable shoes in your bag to make it easier to follow through on this goal, despite the fact that it may be raining or you may feel tired, in the moment. Commit to taking these small actions regardless of your moods or the weather.
7. Ask for What Your Want
Sometimes we are afraid to ask for what we want for fear that we won’t get it. If we don’t request it, however, we are far less likely to realize our dreams. Faith is essential when we are stepping into a new way of being. Take a few moments each day to bow your mind to your heart and just ask your Higher Self, God, or even the deepest place within your soul, to help you find the courage, strength and wisdom within to master this area of your life and be all that you can be in the world. Ask to be shown how you can not only change for yourself, but set a better example for others by living in this new way. Often when we set goals, not only to improve our own lives, but to create greater good for mankind, those positive impulses help to propel us forward.
8. Write Your Goals Down
There is a certain power in writing things down. Write down very specifically what you wish to create for yourself and be sure to include details in your writing. For example you may jot down in your journal, “I am happy and vibrant. Every day I put on my headset and walk, jog, dance or rollerblade. I love to be outside in the park exercising, enjoying the fresh air and all the delightful sights, sounds and smells around me. It feels so good to be alive and move my body.” Writing these goals down will strengthen your own personal commitment.
Following these eight steps will improve your ability to accomplish that which means so much to you. Every day affirm to yourself that you are worth it. You don’t have to let life’s challenges and distractions get in your way. This year, 2022, truly can be the year that you step into the fabulous, beautiful self that you truly are!
Blessings to you,
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