Add some Fuel to your Fire
Re-focus: By Revisiting your New Year’s Resolution.
‘Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything’
George Bernard Shaw
Welcome to June!
The month where puffy jackets are the norm, and conversation starters usually revolve around the cold weather. Side note; I am actually really cold at the moment - I can barely feel my fingers typing!
Ok, now that I’ve mentioned how cold I am, lets get into what I really want to talk to you about; your New Year’s Resolution! The goals you set for yourself, to ensure 2019 is your best year yet. Do you remember the goals you set? Or are they merely a fuzzy memory from 6 months ago?
Whether you remember them or not, this is your chance to reset and get on track for the second half of 2019.
Why is this important?
Because YOU are important.
Your goals matter, and you deserve to live your best life!
If you haven’t already done so, take some time now to sit down and write some clearly defined and meaningful goals.
For this exercise to be effective you can’t just write down generic goals like:
‘I want to lose weight by December’ or ‘I want to travel around Europe for two months’
The Reason? These are wishful statements, that will most likely never come to fruition. These are the kind of goals that people carry on to the next year, the year after, and so on and so on, with the hope that ‘this’ year will somehow be different, or better, than the last.
The most effective way to make sure your goal comes to fruition is to make it meaningful.
Understand WHY this goal is important to you. If your goal doesn’t tie in to your personal values (Family, love, community, faith, health, wisdom, power, freedom, confidence etc.), you are not going to pursue it for long.
Your WHY has to be bigger than the actual goal.
For example; if your goal is to run a marathon, you have to know why it is important to you and what it would mean to you when you accomplish it. In this example, their why for running a marathon may be tied to their sense of community, and their desire to join a supportive community of like-minded individuals, who they feel they can connect with.
The next step to make your goal your reality, is to make it REAL!
Our brains can’t distinguish between imagination and reality. When you visualise your goal, your brain is creating circuits the same way it would create a memory. As far as your brain is concerned what happens in your imagination, has actually happened.
Now…I’m going to throw it over to you, let’s put this into practice:
If you have some time now, awesome, let’s get started! If not, that’s fine, but make sure to schedule a time in your calendar and set a reminder to do it.
Keep in mind that the sooner you do it, the better.
Get a piece of paper, or a journal, and follow the 6 step process below to help make your goals your reality.
Step 1: In no particular order, write down your values from 1-20
Step 2: Write down your goal
Step 3: Why is this important to you? (Which values does it relate to?)
Step 4: What will it feel life when you accomplish this goal? Use your 5 senses (touch, sight, hearing, smell, and taste) to describe the feeling. Make it Real.
Step 5: Affirmation statement: Fast forward and re-write your goal as the ‘future you’ would write down your accomplishments.
It is __/_________/20__. I…
Step 6: Type and print out your affirmation statement (or write it neatly) and put it up somewhere in plain sight (on your bathroom mirror, in the shower, on the fridge, at your desk…) and read it daily.
Have it in numerous places, and store it in your phone, so that wherever you are you can read it, and re read it, until it becomes ingrained in your mind.
Then it becomes your reality.