I love success. I’ll do most anything to succeed at my goals. I find it so sad when I fall short of what I wanted to accomplish, and so rewarding than getting there. So I thought I’d share some of my tips to help you meet your goals.
1. One of the biggest mistakes I have done in the past is to make my goals too big and unattainable. No, I won’t lose 10 pounds in one week or train for a marathon in 6 weeks; that’s just not going to happen. But as I break down my dream with a date on it (my definition of a goal) in small chunks and get going on them, I become successful and I actually get there—a bit like the tortoise and the hare.
2. Goals are more tangible when I write them down. Somehow, the writing of it makes it more official, and helps me to organize my thoughts and to track my progress. I love to scratch lines on my “to do” list!
3. Practice doesn’t make perfect, but it surely make permanent. Actions that I take every week, every day, a few times a day become as natural as brushing my teeth—good or bad! So success is very much linked to every day little actions. Consistency has more power than we realize; it brings about momentum and you will wind up being pulled forward by your very own consistency!
4. Talk about your goal, dream about your goal, sing about your goal! You need to make it real in every way you know how. Surround yourself with as many reminders as possible.
5. Surround yourself with people who encourage and support you; limit your contacts with those who put you down!
6. Be kind to yourself when you mess up. Be your own fan, being supportive rather than critical with yourself. Savour your victories, and learn from your mistakes.
7. Trust your plan! Sometimes, we have bad days, or bad weeks. But you know that your plan works, so trust it and stick to it. It is just a matter of time…
8. Never forget to enjoy the journey. It is very much about today—seize the day, my friend! Don’t let yourself think of your fitness/health goal as a chore or a burden to be endured. This is an adventure of self-discovery and of building a meaningful life. Enjoy the ride!