I have always viewed success as stringing together small accomplishments in order to reach a much larger objective; I call this building positive momentum. When I decided to lose weight I developed a plan and then took things one day at a time. Focusing on eating right each day turned into 3 months of (mostly) healthy eating, which has resulted in 12+ lbs of weight loss. Credit card debt is paid off one dollar at a time. Often times we get discouraged while tackling goals because we lose sight of the fact that change occurs one small victory at a time.
It is easy to lose focus and get discouraged. One habit I struggle with is how I respond to what I call “lulls,” those times in life when you realize how large the task at hand actually is and doubt if success can be had. Couple this mindset with a short-term failure and you have the perfect recipe for quitting. And quitting is simply not acceptable. I talked about this in my last post Discipline vs. Motivation and I have realized that sometimes you are not going to “feel” like doing anything at all. And it is okay to feel unmotivated! This last lull period, I allowed myself to relax and rest. But I promised myself that after a designated rest period I would get back at it with vengeance! I decided to allow myself 10 days to chill out and rest my mind, body and spirit. You cannot be perfect, you will fail and you will feel bad about your failure. Embrace it, own it and learn from it…but do not quit!!
How we respond to failure is key to success. When you experience set backs, train yourself to immediately get back to the actions that were leading to success. Do not allow yourself to sulk and play the “I cannot do this because it’s too hard” game! Get back to work! The faster you put failure in the rearview mirror, the better off you will be.
I am not going to beat this topic to death. Reaching your goal is simple: 1. determine what it is that you want and state it, 2. determine what you are willing to sacrifice to get what you want, 3. DEVELOP A PERSISTENT ATTITUDE , 4. have faith, 5. develop organized planning and 6. execute. Persistence can be developed, but requires each of us to want something so bad that we refuse to quit until we have our desire!
Remember you are not the first person to experience failure.
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