Get Refocused and Reach
Sometimes we are surprised at how quickly some things get past us. It’s amazing how quickly thirty days can go by when you have to make another car payment. It’s catches us off guard how quickly a semester can go by when you have a term paper due. And it’s absolutely terrifying how quickly your sweet little infant becomes a college bound teenager. Things move fast in life and it can take our breath away how quickly the months of a year go by. This year is no different.
January is gone. One month out the twelve we had in front of us when we started the year is now past. That means that if you are a goal setter you only have eleven months left to get them done. This is why you have to review your goals at least once a week.
How do we make sure we realize our ambitions and complete our goal list?
” Review your list to test if you really want to accomplish all the things you put down
” Review your list to see if any of the goals are not possible due to events out of your control
” Review your list to test your commitment to the goals you set one month ago
One of the most powerful techniques to keep your goal list heading toward success is to review your “why.” When your “why” is strong enough the “how” takes care of itself.
Supposed you were asked to run a half mile while carrying a 50-pound sack of sand in 100 degree heat. Could you do it? Would your attitude stink? Would you do anything you could to get out of it? But, what if that 50-pound weight was your six-year-old daughter who was seriously injured, and you were running to get her to a doctor in time to save her life? Most people realize that having that kind of “why” would allow them to access strength and resolve that would make a task that seemed out of reach possible.
Review your “why” for your goals and get back on track. You still have 11 months left. Get after those goals and end the year strong.
P.S. Do me a favor and put your most powerful “why” in the comments list and I will answer with mine.
Review Your Past Successes
If it is true that we become what we think about, then we should be thinking about success. If we are going to live joyful and exciting lives, we have to learn to control our most valuable asset, our mind. Life is full of experiences and they are all meaningless until we put an interpretation on them. Sadly, we tend to be drawn to the negative in our thinking and we naturally focus on events that are demotivating and disempowering. Sometimes we even put a negative tag on what was really a neutral event. It takes energy to tackle the big goals of life and that energy flows from our attitude. We must keep our attitude positive and upbeat, even if we are having a bad day. Mentally tough people keep feeding their minds positive claims about themselves. They see themselves as successful people, who are good to others. They keep their attention on the positive goals they are pursuing and refuse to be controlled by the random circumstances of life.
An easy way to do this is to mentally review victories from your past. I counsel people to create a list of 25 things they are proud of having done. It can be as small an event as getting a perfect score on a 4th grade spelling test or as large as successfully starting your own business. The important thing is to make the list and put it where that you can get to it easily. When you are having a bad day, pull it out and review it. You will immediately feel more confident and find new energy to tackle whatever problem you are facing.
This works for five reasons:
- It takes control of your mind instead of letting it wander aimlessly
- It focuses the mind on positive events and immediately improves our attitude
- It reminds you that you are more than the events that happens in your life
- It balances your mistakes with your positive choices in the past
- It reminds you that you can continue to add to your list of successes
Mentally tough people don’t allow their minds to run unsupervised. They control their thoughts. They do this by feeding the mind positive spiritual truths, forgiving themselves when they fail, and regularly reviewing their successes.
Make your list today. Refuse to stop writing till you have 25 things on paper. Put that list where you can see it regularly and use it to remind you of what a wonderful person you are.
You can be mentally tough. Begin today to change your life for the better.
Just for fun, put one of the things you are most proud of in the comment session and I’ll send you one of mine.