Simply wanting something is not enough, neither is just writing down your goals and then doing nothing about it. If you want be the best you can then you need stop making excuses and take action now. Reaching your goals is no one else’s responsibility but your own. I hear so many people say “oh they are so lucky” or “she must have a fast metabolism” looking for any reasoning behind why someone is successful, without recognising that most successful people get there is because they work extremely hard for it. So if you have some big goals and have just been sitting around talking about them, here’s how you can take some action today.
Put 100% into it
You must do everything possible to get what you want and put 100% into it. If losing weight is your goal, being healthy most the time then going crazy eating cakes & chocolates is not going to get you to your goal. If you want to be a successful artist simply painting every day is not good enough. You must get out there and promote your work and treat it like any other business. It doesn't matter how much you want something it will never become a reality without action & commitment. So put everything you have into it. Be prepared to work hard and you will get there.
Stop making excuses
Human’s are very good at finding excuses on why they can’t do something as opposed to looking for solutions. If there is something you are working towards but that inner voice keeps giving you reasons on why you can’t then go out there and find every reason why you can. Most of the time the main thing getting between you and your goals is the excuses you use to stop yourself from doing it. When you want something bad enough you can get very resourceful at making things happen, regards of the hurdles that pop up.
Find someone to hold you accountable
If you aren’t very good at making yourself accountable to things you said you were going to do, then find a friend or family member who will. Each week, sit down and tell them what you are going to do and achieve and then have them hold you to it. This can go visa verse and you can help them with their goals too. It can actually become quite fun where you can choose penalties and rewards depending on how well you did that week.
Look at your priorities
If you aren’t reaching your goals then maybe you need to re-evaluate where your priorities are. Are you setting time aside each week to cook healthy dinners and exercise, or do you chose to go out with friends. Or maybe you chose to go out late which means you sleep in and miss your morning workout? Do you watch TV or spend hours on Facebook rather than learning that new skill? You need to make your goal a priority and then make sure you are doing everything possible to get there. Sometimes things will get in your way and you won’t be able to prioritise it all the time. But when you come across the obstacles just keep the momentum and pushing forward.
I used to be the worst procrastinator and would always put off the things I needed to do the most. We all do it. The trick is to know when you are doing it and then quickly change something. A key thing I’ve learnt when dealing with something I don’t want to do is break it down into tasks and then tackle the hardest task first. That way when you have done the hard bit the rest will come easy. Social media is a fantastic tool for procrastinating, so get strict on yourself and only allow yourself to go on when you have achieved what you needed to for the day.
If you really want to make a change with yourself - your health, fitness and your mind then you have to expect that you'll need to work hard. Success doesn’t happen overnight and it definitely doesn’t happen by sitting there and doing nothing. We’ve just come into the New Year so now is that perfect time to get out there and take action towards all those goals you have set for yourself. I'm not going to lie, it's not going to be easy, but the rewards will be so worth it.