We all have the intention of starting good habits and keeping them, right? But let’s be honest, sometimes it’s a little tough. We can get overwhelmed or set expectations too high and then we end up feeling like we failed. Well, we’re not experts but we definitely have been down that road and have some tips and tricks to share that have worked for us.
You’ve heard the term, “dream big,” right? Well, it’s actually a thing. Having big dreams is actually a good thing and can lead to success if you have smaller quotas. It’s called, “Micro quotas & Macro Goals.” The trick is finding balance between the goings-on in your day to day life with your big dreams. This takes time; so for those of you who think it’s going to happen overnight, it’s likely not. Being patient by setting small goals that will help you achieve that big dream is key.
Planning is so important! If we visualize what we want to accomplish we’re more likely to follow through with executing it. If we just say, “I want to start working out every day” it’s more likely to be a failed attempt. But if we visual it in this way for example, “I’m going to start working out 3 days a week after work. I’ll bring my gym clothes to work and change and head straight to the gym.” Creating a plan and visualizing it helps us to achieve that goal.
Don’t be afraid of minor set backs. We often get afraid of those setbacks and think, “Oh screw it. We’ve already ruined it.” Stay positive and know that each day you’re trying is a step forward. For example, if you’re trying to cut back on calories and end up eating something high in calories one day, your entire week’s work hasn’t gone to waste. Just look at it being a minor setback of calorie intake for that day and you can adjust accordingly the next day if you wish.
Write it down! When we write down your goals they’re likelier to come to fruition. Keep them in a place you’ll see them regularly so you can trigger a reminder to work on whatever it is you want to do. We use post-it notes and put them on our mirror or leave them by the front door so we see them on our way out.
Eliminate the abundance of options. When you have too many options, you’re likely to get exhausted from making a decision. You’re wasting mental energy when you have to make tedious decisions. Make room for things that need your mental energy and get rid of the mundane decisions.
You have to start somewhere and when you want it, you can achieve it, remember that! Stay positive and good luck!