Isn’t this just the best feeling? The feeling of newness. A fresh start to a brand new year.
Over the last few days I have thought hard about what I want to accomplish in 2017, and as I mentioned some of my 2016 goals are coming with me in to the new year because they took longer than anticipated to complete. Did I fail? Not at all! Just because the calendar says it’s a new year dosen’t mean that my “old” goals still aren’t just as important and relevant as before.
Turn resistance into persistence
Anyone can be inspired and motivated, but inspiration may fade and motivation may change, which is completely natural. Because it’s hard to keep the same strong fire about long-term goals as when you made them to begin with. The flame is still burning but it’s getting smaller. If and when that happens to me I persist. I persist and I push through, even if I find that stage of the work towards reaching the X goal tedious, hard or boring even.
So why bother with this psychological fight if you have almost lost interest in your old goal, your long-term goal? Because those slightly negative feelings and the apatic attitude towards the task is just temporary! This is my personal experience time and time again. Once I have completed that challenging stage and can look towards a new one, I am once again filled with that bruning fire of motivation, and motivation can move mountains.
This is about keeping your eyes on the price and about not giving up, but rather trust that a small flame is still burning inside you. This mindset applies to anything you want to accomplish in life. So many give up on their goals when they hit a bump in the road. That bump can be anything, like passing sickness, lack of support form key people in your life, financial issues or temporarily loss of motivation for example. Why you lost your motivation in the first place might be something to think about if this is a pattern.
It is seems so far away
The most fulfilling goals to accomplish are the long-term goals (long-term in my book is something that takes at least over 3 months to do). Long-term goals are the goals that you really have to work over time towards, you can’t loose sight of them, they will give you up’s and down’s and in doing so they will make you grow immensely, and they taste extra sweet one you reach them! To me, when I reach a long-term goal, it is worth all kinds of hard work, challenges and struggles. “I did it!”
My motto is “there is no shortcut to anywhere worth going” and I truly live by it. This dosent’ mean that I aim to take the most cumbersome and difficult road either. Far from it, but the best and most optimal road is not always the easiest one. The other one is “if you can dream it, you can do it”, of which the realist in me fights with from time to time, but this maxim fuels that fire when I need it! The power of the mind is amazing and wether you will reach your goals or not is down to willpower and action more than anything else (if we ignore set genetic factors, that is). If your ar lacking mantras or maxims you can feel free to borrow mine, they sure aren’t mine to begin with!
Do something everyday
I have written in Norwegian before about goal setting , and there is loads and loads of content shared about this process even as I write, so I am not about to into that. Just to highlight a couple of things, however, I do believe in using some variation of S.M.A.R.T.E.R goals, writing them down and as you plan your day, plan your week have a think bout what you can do to day to come closer to your goal. The truth is that no matter what, no matter how busy, no matter how small a thing, there is something you can do today to come a fraction closer to your goal. It might be practical actions or mental actions.
So when you have doubts about yourself or your goals, remember this and take action:
1.Persist! Eyes on the price: Don’t give up on something you really want/wanted just because you lost sight of it for a minute there.
2.Do something to get closer to your goal everyday. Every little thing counts.
3.Just do the very best you can. No one can ask more of you. Not even you.
With that, dear friends, I sincerely wish you all the best for the new year and I hope you are as excited as me to be alive and keep experiencing, learning and growing.
PS: Okay, so the husband and I have one tiny little NYE resolution together. What is is and why, you’ll find out soon!