Avoiding the Tendancy to Stray From Our Goals
Women in Technology International (WITI) had a great article today by Kathleen Barton on “Staying Focused on Your Priorities”. Think of the typical scenario around New Year’s Day, where you make the vow to join a gym and [insert relevant weight loss goal here]. Day one, you’re gung ho- you map out a schedule of every day you can make it during the gym – 4 to 5 times a week, no exception- and you vow to give up drinking high-calorie beer, stop eating those after-lunch snacks, and cook a healthy dinner each night. Great plan! You’re completely on track to success. Day 10 you’re feeling good – you hit the gym 5 or 6 times already, and you lost that first pound or two. Week 3 sets in – work is getting busy, family issues are creeping up, your significant other has an event you need to attend. Okay, you’ll only make it to the gym 3 times this week, but you’ll make up for it by going six times next week. Week four rolls around, and so do the priorities. You make it to the gym three times…if your lucky. You’re grabbing pizza on the way home because you’re in a rush…again… and so on, and so forth.
Why is it so easy for us to lose our motivation and determination, when it seems we have the plans all figured out on paper? Human nature, for one. Non-human factors, for two. And three… just life in general. It’s hard to prioritize sometimes, when it seems like we’re juggling so many obligations day to day. But the good news is that there are a few key tricks you can start implementing now to keep you on track with goals that you set in place:
1) Visualize Success – create your vision of success – the feel, the image, the surroundings, the circumstances- and imagine yourself in that setting, successfully living that vision.
2) Review Your Goals – Continually be asking yourself if what you’re doing right now is driving your closer to your goals, and if not, what other steps you need to be taking.
3) Reward Yourself for the Small Successes – choose something that motivating to you, and that you look forward to, so as to increase your productivity.
4) Work with an Accountability Coach – By having someone else help you set goals and hold you accountable for them, you are far more likely to follow through. Work with a friend, or a coach, someone to give encouragement, but who will also take your goals seriously and challenge you slightly to get move you forward.
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