There are countless articles, formulas and guidelines to assist us in becoming the best we possibly can be. The golden rule of all of these methodologies is consistency, regularity and routines.
In exercise, our trainers will tell us that we will see results of our efforts after 90 days of consistent training/running/walking/weight lifting. At work, we are told that we will “catch on” to the new vernacular/work language within a few weeks. How do successful people become successful people? It’s the habits and routines that they have embraced. You too can succeed at whatever you put your mind to. The trick is to in fact, put your mind to it!
Serena Williams was not one of the best tennis players of all time when she first hit a tennis ball. She honed her skills, stayed focused on what was important and adjusted her mind’s eye when needed. Today, she is a GOAT (Greatest of all Time)!
How can you achieve success as well? Choose 1 goal that you want to achieve. Write that goal on a piece of paper (or many pieces of paper), post that piece of paper on your refrigerator, your computer screen, the steering wheel of your car and even snap a picture of your motivational words and make that photo the screen saver on your phone. Surround yourself with positive reinforcement.
Striving for perfection is a lofty goal, often to be met with failure. Incremental, measurable advances toward achieving your goal is a more realistic and success driven course of action. We all encounter obstacles on our way to success: our child gets ill, we don’t sleep well, or we get assigned an additional new project at work on top of our full work load. These are deterrents that may very well distract us from our goals. Remember these deterrents are temporary, they will pass. Stay focused.
Don’t micromanage your behaviors or advancements. As a mindful person, know that obstacles are tossed our way daily. Don’t focus on the obstacles, stay centered on your goals and you will eventually arrive at your destination. Every day, strive to become better than you were yesterday! #betterandbetter.
When monitoring your progress, set yourself up to win. Work with a life coach to assist you in setting realistic goals and realistic dates for achieving those goals. Small bites. Rome was not built in a day; however, Rome certainly exists!
Once your course has been chosen, reflect on your accomplishments in weekly intervals. Check in with your life coach, a buddy, someone who will hold you accountable and encourage you along your journey is extremely valuable.
Week 1: Set your Goal.
Week 2: Get with a life coach, #nyccoach or mentor and make a plan of action.
Week 3: Post your encouraging/motivational words where you will see them throughout the day.
Week 4: Evaluate your progress with someone who will hold you accountable. Determine what worked and what did not. Refocus your time on the actions that brought about your success.