Taking on a new challenge can be thrilling. But the excitement can also wear off and quickly turn into overwhelm or dread when we think about our goal. Passion is essential, but some practical steps can really help us stay on track:
- Take it a week or a month at a time – instead of looking at the habits you want to form as ones you’ll need to live by forever or looking at goals as ones that will take years to achieve, dedicate yourself to your new challenge for a week or month. This could be challenging yourself to a new habit for a month or splitting out your goal into mini-goals that take you in the right direction. Having a ‘deadline’ in reach really helps to push yourself, stick to it and remind yourself that its doable. At the end, not only can you celebrate, but accomplishing it will leave you wanting to do more.
- Plan it out – there’s no point in throwing yourself into something without first having a plan of action. A habit tracker that you can tick off every day or a calendar where you schedule in time to reach your goal helps to keep you accountable and organised, ultimately helping you deliver! Otherwise you’ll quickly find that you aren’t getting anywhere.
- Have a place to visualise – keep your sights set on that goal you’re trying to reach every day. I like to use a Pinterest board to collect pictures that represent my goals. Other ideas include a physical vision board on the bedroom wall or a daily morning ritual of visualising yourself accomplishing your goals. Whatever works for you!
Have any practical tips of your own? Please share in the comments!
Don’t worry if you don’t have it all figured out. Life rarely follows the plans we make anyway. So instead, find greatness in the unexpected, find beauty in the journey, and find strength in the challenges. Live in the moment and live for the moment. The trek up the mountainside only brightens the view at the top of the mountain.
Today may be filled with challenges. But you are made out of challenges. You’ve conquered them before and you will conquer them again. Take a deep breath. You’ve got this. Shut down the negative self-talk. You can do it, so get to it. Don’t let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game. Because you’re not just a player, you’re the master, and you can do anything you put your mind to.
You’ll never lose by digging deep, staying true, not giving up, building character in the crucible of challenge, breathing in, hanging on, and becoming more weighty below the surface than you are impressive above it. ~ Louie Giglio
Quote of the day.
Add more yes into your life. Say yes to the challenge. Say yes to trying again. Say yes to adventure. Say yes to spoiling yourself. Say yes to taking control. Say yes to your feelings. Say yes to opening up. Say yes to love. Say yes to being who you are. Say yes to saying no. Say yes to your own life. It’s empowering and exhilarating. And it can be just as empowering and exhilarating to say no. Do what’s best for you, what feels right to you, and what brings most happiness to you.
When we face a difficulty, we sigh in despair or cry out in frustration. We’re blinded by the work, the time and the poor odds. But out of every difficulty, a seed sprouts. We can choose to be a fighter or a quitter. We can choose to be versatile or stale. We can choose to find the beauty or the hindrance. It’s hard at the time to be an optimist. But in every difficulty, we’ll find the greatest glory once we realise we conquered it.
We’ll never know unless we try. Our minds have a habit of deceiving us into believing everything it conjures up. And usually, it’s not all fairy tales and happy endings; in fact, we insist that such things don’t exist and that instead we’re destined to fail or be miserable. But sometimes we’ve just got to ignore that nagging voice and step out in spite of it. Now let’s not be extreme – whilst wading out of our comfort zone, we don’t want to find ourselves in the panic zone. Because that’s where the fear, misery and failure wait to lure us into reclusion and darkness. No, we have to be smart and stretch ourselves just a little beyond our comfort every time. That’s where magic lies. That’s where we learn, grow and live. We’ll never know unless we try. Stretch yourself.