We’re almost halfway through 2019! Wooooou! That’s exciting and kind of nerve-racking, right? I mean this year started and we had big hopes and dreams. We set realistic goals that we knew we could achieve and we set out to make this year our best to date. Nonetheless, we are struggling to get the ball rolling and still haven’t started seeing the results that we expected. So, whether your struggle is with consistency, overthinking, or straight up procrastination, I want to help you pick yourself up and fulfill the promise that you made to yourself (to make this your best year 🙂 ) If you’re with me, keep reading!
Make A Decision
If you lack consistent follow through it’s because you are not convinced that your plan will work. Do you want to know how I know this to be true? Well, if you were convinced that you had a solid game plan you would not hesitate to commit to the process and right now (5 months after setting the goal) you would be chilling, sipping on lemonade enjoying your results (or much closer to your results), but you’re not and it’s because you’re unclear about what you want and how to get it.
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If you’re in this boat, don’t worry! It’s completely okay! I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve done this! I used to write, and rewrite, then edit and reconsider almost every plan that I drew up. Lol, it’s funny now, but back then I would feel really overwhelmed and frustrated.
Whether my goal was to save money for a new car or simply graduate school faster I couldn’t commit to the process. Even when my plan seemed perfect I still didn’t follow through. There was always a voice in the back of my mind that second guessed if I knew what I was doing or if this plan would actually work and questioned what I would do if the plan I didn’t work. There was so much fear and discomfort because I couldn’t guarantee that I could get the exact outcomes that I wanted.
That was until I learned about principles and the power of simplicity when goal planning. Before you can start crushing any goal (no matter how big or small it is) you have to decide that your goal is apart of your story. It is something you will experience no matter what you have to sacrifice to make it happen. You are not willing to live without tasting your goal. You are not willing to skip out on the adventure of pursuing your goal, developing yourself to attain the goal, and overcoming obstacles to make your goal real!
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My friend, when you make a decision like this you don’t have to worry about the strategy. Your determination will help you to become resourceful and you will figure out how to do it, but it’s your decision that opens the door to possibilities. Are you with me? Good!
Set Realistic Expectations
Here’s a tip: To avoid this common pitfall take a realistic look at how much time you have to work on your goal for the week and then schedule it into your calendar or daily agenda. Consider how many hours you will have to work to achieve your goal and then set a deadline. This will help you to have a realistic time frame of when to expect to see clear tangible results from all of your effort. Remember to be consistent and put in your best effort!
Most of the time when we set a goal we don’t know what to expect! We hope for the best results and sometimes in hoping for the best we exaggerate what that will look like. We see what someone else was able to accomplish and it inspires us to get the exact same results. However, before we can get the same results we have to take the exact same steps. Will you be able to find out their process? No, not unless you know them personally and they’ve shared their journey with you. Even if you study their life there will be details that you miss so you won’t know the full strategy they implemented to get to where they are.
However, the story doesn’t end there! Oh no, my friend! I wholeheartedly believe and know that success leaves clues! What that means is, if it’s been done before you can repeat it you just need to discover the principles they used to make it happen! You don’t need their strategy or their coach! What you need is to find out the principles they used which are the general precepts or laws they applied to their story to build the success they now enjoy. Are you with me?
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With principles, you’re able to guarantee the outcome of your life. Some basic principles that we adhere to without giving much thought to it include the principle of sowing and reaping. Some people call it karma. It’s the idea that you get what you give. What is returned to you is a reflection of what you’ve put out into the world. A clear example of this can be seen in agriculture. When a farmer plants apple seeds in return they get a…(you guessed it!) apple tree full of apples! It’s the same thing in every area of our life. What you put in is what is returned to you.
So in your relationships, the effort that you put in is what is returned to you. If you don’t like the results, change your attitude and behavior to produce the kind of relationship that you want. If your money is looking funny, change your behavior. Start budgeting, start learning about money management principles and apply them and then over time money will become your friend. What you sow is what you reap.
Another basic principle we all live by is the idea that if we don’t work hard now we will end up working hard later in life. There is a proverb that says “diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.” The idea is that if we don’t discipline ourselves life itself has a way of training us. By choosing not to work hard now, by default we end up putting ourselves in a situation where our circumstances will force us to burn the midnight oil and work hard later.
Enjoy The Process
This is a message that we are constantly being fed on social media, in movies, in commercials, and everywhere! It’s so common that it’s now become easy to kind of let it fly over our head, but are you applying this to your goal crushing journey? Do you enjoy the daily process of pursuing your goals? Do you wake up excited at the opportunity to put in all of your effort toward the amazing outcome that you’ve been dreaming about? If not, you are cheating yourself an experience that you will never get back.
I know the journey feels long and hard and sometimes you think it’s not worth all of the effort, time, money, and resources your pouring into it, but can you imagine the glorious day when you finally achieve the level of success that you knew you could get if you were patient? Can you imagine how you’re going to feel when you get to share your attainment with your friends and family? Can you imagine how proud you’re going to make your mom? Lol, I mean, com’on! Your goal is definitely worth the effort but you also have to enjoy the journey.
Think about who you’re becoming because you decided to follow through on your goal? Who is being affected by your transformation? Who is benefiting from your life-changing experience? This is something to celebrate and bask in, this is something to stay consciously aware of and enjoy. Don’t wake up and think “awe man, my life still sucks. I still haven’t achieved my goal and I don’t know when things will get better for me.” No! Instead, wake up and thank God that you have another day to live your purpose, pursue your passion, love people, and lead by example!
Founder, 6 Weeks 1 Goal