Set Goals: Think about your goals and write them down. This gives you something to strive for, and something to refer back to if you get off track. Your goals are your foundation. Look at them everyday; read them out loud; keep them fresh in your mind. Then when you have the choice to exercise or sleep in, make the choice that puts you one step closer to your goals.
Commit: Make a 100% commitment to yourself and your new goals and share them with someone supportive. This not only creates a positive outside influence, but it also makes you feel more accountable. Commit and be prepared to do whatever it takes.
Retrain Your Brain: It is very important to have the right mindset when making any life changes. If you want to create long-term, healthy habits, you have to retrain your brain. Try doing something new everyday that relates to your goal, such as reading a fitness article, trying a new exercise, or cooking a new healthy recipe. Once these new habits are formed, your new healthy lifestyle will be automatic.
Take Action: Actions turn our goals into reality, so everyday you must ask yourself this: Are my actions helping me reach my goals? By becoming more aware of your choices, you will begin to take the necessary steps to reach whatever goals you’ve committed to achieving. You will become a person of action, rather than a person of reaction.
Stay Consistent: Consistency will lead to your goal. Being consistent means you are taking action on a regular basis over a long period of time. Think of your goal as the number 10. If you take 1 positive action for 10 days you will reach your goal in ten days. If you take 10 positive actions every other day it will take you 20 days. Negative actions will push you even farther from your goals. Consistent actions will take you in the direction of the choices you chose. Chose wisely!
Being Positive: Having a positive attitude can be the difference between success and failure. When you set your goals, remember that you will experience things, both positive and negative. When you have a negative experience, find the lesson from it and move on. These collective experiences are imperative for long-term success. Learning + not making the same mistake twice = evolving.
Have Patience: We live in a society that demands results right away. This attitude can throw you off course. There are going to be good and bad days — it’s all part of the process. Stay focused on why and not what you want to achieve; be patient and the results will come.
Enjoy The Journey: There’s an old saying: “It’s not the destination, but the journey that counts.” What you focus on today determines where you are tomorrow. Keep your goals in mind, but focus on your actions right now. As you work hard and take positive actions, appreciate and congratulate yourself for your efforts. It will pay off — I have confidence in you!