Want to maintain momentum toward success & achieving goals?
Do you ever feel like your excitement to go for goals starts to wane? Or, you're not even sure why you're going for the goals you've set? This is normal and typically happens when you're disconnected from the reason why you set those goals.
It’s important to periodically check in with your goals, recognize what you’ve accomplished so far, and keep visualizing the outcome you’d like to attain. Your goals or desired outcomes might change over time. Revisiting what you’ve accomplished helps to inform you of those changes. And, any progress you've made inspires you to keep going. Visualizing the outcome also provides inspiration for continued success.
Below I break out further how you can get re-energized and re-connected with your goals so you can experience REAL results!
Check In With Yourself & Your Goals
You can start by reviewing your goals quarterly to confirm they’re still appropriate for you. Gaining clarity on what you want may take some time, so be patient. If you feel that you can easily create goals but sometimes have trouble pursuing them, it could be because the goals you created aren’t what you genuinely want in your heart. Or, they just need to be modified to be more in line with what you want.
For example, I used to make a New Year’s resolution to lose ten pounds. I no longer set that as a goal because I realized I really didn’t care about weighing a certain amount. What I did care about was having energy and feeling fit. So, I refined my goals to reflect those two desires. Now, my health goals are based on my values, and I feel better than ever. An additional benefit is that the weight came off, too!
There are several ways to confirm that the goals you’ve created are truly meaningful to you, and there are ways to refine them to ensure you experience pleasure and joy while achieving them so you'll have the energy to keep going. Here are a few examples I’ve used:
Define the Purpose
Ask yourself, “What is the purpose behind each goal? Is it a goal I want to pursue or feel like I have to pursue?” If you feel that you “have to” pursue the goal, then get rid of it. If it’s a goal you “want to” pursue, continue to remind yourself of why it is important to you.
Visualize Your Desired Outcomes
If you feel that you haven’t made much progress on your goals, visualize how you want to feel and what you want your life to look like when you have achieved each goal. Use the end result to identify an incremental next step that will move you in the right direction.
Decide on Behaviors & Qualities
Ask yourself, “What behaviors do I need to exhibit or what positive qualities do I need to express to achieve each of my goals?” For inspiration, think about goals you’ve achieved in the past and who you were being to accomplish those goals. Determine if that information guides you to whom you need to be now (at this point in your life) and remind yourself about these qualities.
Use Your Intuition
State out loud each goal you’ve created and check in with your body to notice any sensations. If you feel excited, your goal is probably right on track.
Make a Commitment
Commit to each of your goals for a week or even just one day. If reaching for that goal isn’t fun or doesn’t feel good, consider modifying it.
Sprinkle in Joy
If you’re still unmotivated to take the next step toward your goal, try to make that action step fun. For example, if you don’t like exercising at the gym, bring a friend who energizes you or go for a hike instead.
Ask for Support
Identify people who can support you in achieving your goals and what you need from them. Then, share your goals and needs with those people.
After you feel that your goals really resonate with you, make sure you have the structure and support needed to sustain the energy to achieve your goals. When you take these steps, you'll start to see tangible results you'll be excited to keep pursuing!
If you want support in getting results in getting back on track with your goals, reach out Rosie@InnerBrillianceCoaching.com or learn more here.
Men Occasionally Stumble Over the Truth, But They Pick Themselves Up and Hurry Off"
- Winston Churchill
How often have you had to face the truth, but would rather look the other way? Or, have you ever wanted to share something with someone who might be ignoring their own truth?
As a life and career coach, my job can be summed up as connecting people with their truth. It can be so rewarding. But sometimes, facing the truth or having someone face their own truth isn't very fun (at least in the moment).
I recently shared a difficult truth with a client. I was so impressed with her ability to hear it, accept it, and take action to address it. But, it can be scary to get really honest and tell someone or admit to ourselves the truth about our lives.
Two Tenets for Sharing the Truth
Before I shared the truth with her, I made sure to take 2 simple steps I keep in mind whenever speaking with my clients.
A Simple Process for "Being" with the Truth
In fact, those tenets reminded me of 3 questions you can ask yourself before sharing a truth with someone:
Is it true?
Is what you're about to share a definite fact? The truth can be slippery. Which version of the truth are you thinking about now? There is your truth, someone else's truth, and somewhere in the middle.
Is it kind?
Is what you're about to share genuinely kind or helpful? And, I don't mean kind as in "I'm going to teach someone a lesson so this is helping them out." :-) It's more like would you feel good if you received this truth?
Is it necessary?
Are you sure you're not sharing to just prove you're right? If not, what do you hope to accomplish by sharing? And, do you really have to be the one who shares it?
If your comment doesn't fulfill all 3 questions, ask yourself what is your genuine intention. And, is there another way to meet it?
What hit me the other day is that you can even apply these 3 questions to yourself. If you're dwelling on something that has happened or realized a truth about yourself that you've been avoiding, are you being gentle with yourself about it? And, is it something you really need to consider or just release it? If you need to consider taking action, then do it. But, don't dwell on it.
Good luck! As my client embodied, with trust and gentility, you can handle any truth, too. Just know that you'll be ok and, always, be gentle with yourself. Are you ready to face your truth?
If you want support in facing your truth and getting results in life, work, or love, reach out Rosie@InnerBrillianceCoaching.com or learn more here.
Having trouble sticking to your goals for 2017?
Well, you're obviously not alone. We often talk about “not having enough time” or "feeling too tired" to get things done, but it can be our limited or unfocused energy that inhibits us. So, the most important thing you can do is stay energized. Your energy levels can impact whether or not you take action and ultimately get what you want in life.
Here are a few of my favorite tips that can help you keep the momentum going toward achieving your goals in a natural and motivating way. These tips make it feel "easier" to pursue your goals because they help you take action and lead to creating positive habits for the long-term:
Take one small step at a time toward your goal. If you want to eat healthier, just buy the spinach and see what happens after it’s in your fridge. Or, go for a ten-minute walk, and maybe it’ll turn into twenty minutes while you’re out there.
Don't try to overdo it in the beginning. Taking small steps "tricks" your brain into thinking you're not making a big change and you'll make up fewer excuses to avoid action.
Perform the new action or habit consistently. Make a commitment to a small step daily. To feel healthier, I started drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning - no excuses. That small step became a habit and eventually led to healthier food choices all day.
Just think, you brush your teeth every day. It’s a habit now, but it wasn’t always that way.
Time Increase your good habits over time, slowly outweighing negative habits. For example, do you like sweets? It’s okay to have dessert, but make sure you eat a lot of leafy greens that week as well.
You’ll see a change in your health and then you can deal with your sweet tooth after you’ve built up your healthy habits. Your body will likely start craving those colorful vegetables anyway.
Track Your Progress
Log your fitness and nutrition activity. Establishing accountability throughout your program allows you to see the small victories over time. And, today’s technology (e.g., websites and apps) makes it easier than ever to track your activities.
When you feel accountable and can see tangible results, you’re more likely to make progress toward your goals.
Do an extra push-up next time you’re exercising. Your body will assume it has to work harder, and it will learn to compensate for that extra push-up. Next time, you can do more push-ups!
Make It Fun
Make your action steps as much fun as possible. For example, ask a friend to join you for your workouts.
You’re more likely to continue the behavior and be motivated to make it a positive habit.
Your focus on action and progress each day by using these approaches creates daily positive habits that will consistently revitalize your spirit to ultimately impact your success. Let me know how it goes and which is your favorite tip to get results?
If you want support in getting results in life, work, or love, reach out Rosie@InnerBrillianceCoaching.com or learn more here.