Let’s say you have a goal for 2017.
Be it: losing weight, writing a book, learning to speak Spanish, feeling confident (at last!), etc.
I imagine you, on the first of January and after careful consideration, saying to yourself: “Yes, this is the year when I ___ (insert your goal here)___”.
So, full of excitement, you wrote down your goal on a piece of paper, in your planner, or on a blackboard in your office.
For the first few days of January, you took some steps. You felt good, confident. You were so motivated you could feel that things were going to move for you, at last.
Then you went back to work, normal life took over, you delayed taking the next step, didn’t have time to, and then... you just forgot.
You forgot to check back on your goal, forgot to review what you wrote in your planner, couldn’t see what you wrote on your blackboard anymore as it was now part of the background, lost the piece of paper...
That’s what happens with goals, for most people. Yep.
So here is THE thing... Yes. I am now going to tell you about THE ONE THING you need to do to achieve your goal.
Just one thing to do, 5 minutes per week.*
5 MINUTES PER WEEK.
I am not joking.
But you have to do it! You have to take 5 minutes per week!
If you don’t then, you know, it’s not going to work. Obviously.
Ok. Are you ready? Here it is:
To achieve your goal, that goal that is so important to you that on the first of January you chose it amongst all others, you have to, for 5 minutes per week*:
close your eyes and re-connect emotionally with you goal.
You need to reconnect emotionally with it. Do you know why?
It’s because the driving force of all motivation is an emotion.
And the thing is, it is an emotion that you felt when you chose your goal.
But that initial emotion disappears quickly. That is why we need to reconnect with it.
Now, how do you do that? How do you reconnect with the initial emotion?
By asking yourself the following questions:
What motivated you to choose your goal? Why did you choose it?
How were you feeling before you chose it?
How did you feel after you did choose it?
What did you tell yourself?
What did you think?
Do you remember how easy it was to take the first few steps?
How do you see the results that you want?
How will you feel, what will you see, what will you hear, what will you tell yourself when you get to your goal?
That’s it. That is THE ONE THING to do, and that will take you 5 minutes J
When it is done, all you have to do is choose the step you want to take for the week ahead, and take action.
Try it and let me know what happens
* 5 minutes per week or PER DAY! If you do this exercise every day, things will be rolling for you.
How did you spend your time in 2016?
Work, family, leisure, exercise, creativity, chores, relationship, love, ...
The more specific you will be, the more precise the picture of how you spend your time will be.
Take a few minutes to think about it.
So, are you surprised or satisfied with the results of this little exercise?
What are you taking away from it?
Have you spent most of your time with people that are important to you?
Or doing things that make you feel alive?
Have you made sure to have some "me time"?
Have you worked on your personal goals?
Do you take care of other people's needs before yours? Never, sometimes or always?
Is there something you would like to change?
How could you find more balance in your life?
How will you spend your time in 2017
Take a few minutes to think about it.
First published October 8th 2015
Nadyia won the Great British Bake Off (it is a baking competition on BBC here in the UK) last night. Here is what she said:
"I am never going to put boundaries on myself EVER AGAIN. I am never going to say: "I can't do it". I am never going to say: "Maybe". I am never going to say: "I don't think I can". I CAN AND I WILL!"
That's what happens when you get out of your comfort zone!
Hi! I'm Mel! I am a life coach, not a writer, but I have been writing some articles which you might like... see under Categories below "articles" and "experiments".