You know the exhilarating feeling when you reach that finish line, hit that deadline, reach that goal weight, or accomplish that goal you set out a year ago to achieve? There is nothing like it, right? But the getting there, ah, the obstacles you face to get there, to keep going when you want to give up. What keeps you in the race? How can you stay in that race?
1. Make a list!
It doesn't matter the goal you have; write it out. Put it down on paper and make it visible. Hang it somewhere so that it is a daily reminder, have it on your desk so that you see it throughout the day, and post that inspirational picture on the fridge or in your wallet. Then, make an attainable and specific time that your goal can be reached. Be reasonable with yourself.
Being accountable to yourself through lists and visualizes is key to reaching your goals, but having an accountability partner is also very useful. When you set an intention, say it out loud to a friend, a partner, or a co-worker...let them know you want them to hold you accountable for the plans you have set. "The American Society of Training and Development found that people are 65 percent likely to meet a goal after committing to another person. Their chances of success increase to 95 percent when they build in ongoing meetings with their partners to check in on their progress." Wissman, Barrett. "An Accountability Partner Makes You Vastly More Likely to Succeed." Entrepreneur. Web. March 28, 2018.
2. Be Positive.
We are what we think and become what we surround ourselves with. Repeat that again! We are what we think and become what we surround ourselves with. Having a positive attitude and surrounding yourself with positivity are vital in reaching goals. You must be in the right frame of mind to become successful. You will never reach your full potential with a negative mindset or surrounded by people that do not have your best interests at hand (insert accountability partner again). Have you ever been in a circle of friends or surrounded by co-workers and found yourself sucked into the negativity that they give off? If your friends are always complaining about their spouse or kids, suddenly, you seem to see the negative in your spouse and kids. Suppose your co-workers are continually talking about all the bad qualities your company possesses. In that case, suddenly, all you see are the negative aspects, and you forget the reason you love your job in the first place. This goes back to the saying, "There are five types of people you want to surround yourself with; the inspired, the passionate, the motivated, the grateful, and the open-minded." You will find that you become more like what you are around. Choose wisely.
3. Believe in yourself.
Keep going until YOU are proud of yourself. At the end of the day, no matter the goal or intention you have set, you ultimately have to live with the result. There is a reason you set out on this journey or plan; remember why and what the outcome will bring you. Believe that you can and you will succeed. Keep pushing yourself to do so. Pep talks, reminder notes, affirmations, manifest seeing yourself at that deadline. Keep going until that manifestation is a reality. Believe in yourself.