The perspective from which I want to discuss this topic today has to do with cultivating a mindset that actually allows you to reach your goals.
It’s easy to get fed up with your current situation – whether it be weight, a job, finances, a relationship or otherwise – and say to yourself “I’m done! Things are about to change!”
But then they don’t.
Because that moment of inspiration from frustration is fleeting.
A month, a year, and 5 years go by and things are still the same…
…unless you create a new mindset that will allow you to follow through all the way to success. Here are the five steps for leveling up your mindset that you need we recommend:
1. Identify your past mistakes. Chances are that this thing you want to change… well, it’s not the first time you’ve thought of tackling it. So go back and take note of why you weren’t successful in the past.
2. Create small goals to achieve along the way. If you’ve got a pretty big goal, it can feel like you’re standing at the base of Mount Everest. Overwhelm will not be helpful in getting to your destination, so setting smaller goals to work toward that ultimately add up to the big goal is important for maintaining your motivation.
3. Stay flexible in your pursuit. Plans don’t always work out like we want them to. Life throws us challenges. Most people quit as soon as things get in their way. You cannot! Be ready to adapt as you move forward.
4. Stay inspired. The initial burst of inspiration you get to take action won’t last forever, so you have to find ways to keep the inspiration. Some suggestions can be creating a vision board, having an accountability circle of others who keep you on track, or listening to/reading things that inspire you every day.
5. Engage in a daily routine. Whether it’s journaling, reading, writing or saying affirmations, visualization, or a combination of all of them, having a daily routine centered around personal growth will absolutely keep you on track in pursuit of your goals.
This is a formula, not a pick-and-choose, so it’s important that you do all of the above!
Originally printed on Move Well Fitness blog. Reprinted with permission.
Maurice D. Williams is a personal trainer and owner of Move Well Fitness in Bethesda, MD. With almost two decades in the industry, he’s worked with a wide range of clients, including those with health challenges like diabetes, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, hypertension, coronary artery disease, lower back pain, pulmonary issues, and pregnancy. Maurice is also a fitness educator with Move Well Fit Academy and NASM. He also serves as the Director of Membership Services for the MedFit Network.