A gold-class tip to achieving your goals
- Tracey Hancock
Oh, the excitement and sense of happiness and elation when you first set a goal. You know what I mean. The thought of achieving the goal, of doing that thing you've just said yes to, is like 'wow', it can be quite a high. But then ...
Can you do it?
It may happen soon after the initial burst of excitement, or it might be in the days and weeks following that you start to wobble. Excitement becomes swamped by fear, doubt and worry.
You start to think that maybe you shouldn't talk about the goal anymore because you'll never achieve it and people will think you're crazy for even thinking you could in the first place.
You're not alone. It's a common phase when people set goals. But will it stop you from moving forward...
It's your choice.
Henry Ford famously said, "Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right". So if you start to doubt whether you can achieve the goal, guess what's going to happen? You'll find ways, unknowingly, to stop yourself from being successful.
Right here, right now ask yourself if you're committed to making the goal real.
This is an important moment because it sets you up for the next all-important step. Remember, the question right now is simply whether you're committed to making the goal real, it's not about how you're going to achieve it.
Here's that valuable, gold-class tip I promised...
It's a question, and you know the answer to it (trust me, you really do).
- What are the first 3 steps, however small, that will help you move toward the goal?
That's all you need to know right now, just those first few steps. What people tend to do (and this is when the doubt, fear and worry floods in) is to think about achieving the goal tomorrow. Literally going from where they are right now, to achieving it in a single step.
Let's say you want to do a triathlon and you've not done one before. You've done some biking and cycling on and off over the years, and enjoyed walking regularly. The reality is you're not going to go from where you are now to doing a triathlon the next day. You might start by getting a training programme and a trainer or coach, perhaps you join a group that helps first timers and over a number of months you train.
Are you seeing what's happening here? When you set a goal, it's not about going from where you are to making the goal real in one single step. There are many steps along the way, and all you need to do right now is take the first one.
Beautiful, take a breath. Think about the goal you want to achieve and simply identify the first 3 steps however small. You've got this. You've so got this.
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Tracey Hancock is a coach and mentor passionately committed to helping people live well. Drawing on her own life experience and the lessons she's learnt trying to be and do what she thought was expected of her, Tracey will gently guide you to reconnect with yourself, putting you and your health at the heart of everything you do in life and business. If you know it's time to be you and to live your REAL life, contact Tracey to learn more about the REALiving approach today.