Well the new year is finally here. I hope you all enjoyed the festive period and are ready and willing to start making this the most successful year yet!
Because it’s that time of year where everyone is making plans and feeling optimistic about fresh starts, new beginning and achieving their goals, I thought i’d provide a helping hand and talk about the secret psychology and tactics that can be applied to increase the likelihood of successful resolutions.
So many people start the the year with such good intentions, but all too often the end of January sees those dreams and goals abandoned, never to be spoken of again. Don’t be that person!
Here’s a few things you need to know to make it;
Research looking into the key factors about whether people stick to their resolutions, found that those who had a ‘fatalistic attitude’ were doomed to fail. By a ‘fatalistic attitude’ I mean a thought pattern that goes something like this; ‘well my diet it totally ruined now that i’ve had that slice of chocolate cake’, person heads back to the cake tin and devours the rest of the cake. Sound familiar?
This attitude crops up everywhere and is a massive reason why so many people fail; ‘I promised myself I would post to my blog twice a week, it’s been 2 weeks now without one, I knew I couldn’t do it’, person writes off blogging as an impossible way to earn some money.
Having an all or nothing attitude is setting yourself up to fail. New habits are hard to form, but not impossible. Rethink your attitude to expect a few hiccups. They’re going to happen whether you do or not. But if you’re prepared for them and accept that by having a hiccup it’s not actually the end of the world, I promise you, you’ll go much further!
Journaling can come in many different forms and there is no right or wrong way to do it. Some people use a journal to simply organise themselves and prepare for tasks they need to do the follow day or week; an on going ‘todo list’ if you like. The benefits of this approach are being organised and prepared when it comes to working towards your goals. As the weeks and months whizz by, you will have a record of all your activity and what you’ve achieved. This is a very powerful motivator, especially when you get those hiccups we just spoke about.
Other people use journals to write about what they have been doing and what they plan on doing, but in a more creative way, rather than just a list. There is more emotion and detail in it. This of course is more time consuming but research indicates it’s time well spent.The process of writing about what you’re doing can increase your creativity and help you to develop and come up with new ideas.
Using a journal to state your long and short term goals has been shown as a very effective tool in helping to achieve them. We’ve all heard the old adage that people who write down their goals are significantly more likely to achieve them than those who don’t. Well here’s why; Writing goals signals to your brain “this is important.” Your reticular activating system (RAS) then flags relevant opportunities and tools to achieve that goal. More detailed goals provide a psychological blueprint, and increases the likelihood of achieving them. If you want to read more RAS then read the Success Principles by Jack Canfield.
By self, I mean spend time on yourself. At the end of the day it’s yourself which will determine success or failure, so it seems wise to spend time looking after and nurturing yourself so you can give it your best.
One very powerful way of doing this is meditation. This might sound a bit strange to you or it might not. Meditation is becoming increasingly popular in not only the western world, but also the entrepreneurial world. It is something that I have been doing for over a year now and something I would never want to give up. On a personal level I feel so much calmer and just generally more content. On a business level I feel a lot more focused and determined. Many successful people in all areas of life attribute daily meditation to their success and wellbeing.
Exercise is also a must. The benefits of exercise are well known and well documented everywhere, so I don’t need to bang on about it. Whether you exercise or not usually boils down to that internal battle in your head and self discipline. It’s about finding something that works for you. I know, I know you’ve heard it all before. But look at it from this perspective, if you you’re unable to win that discipline related battle, are you able to win the one where you get to create and grow your own business? That too takes discipline!
That’s it from me for today, I hope you’ve found this enlightening and encouraging! Have faith in yourself and take action. Let’s make 2017 the best yet!
Bye for now