“Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.”-Napoleon Hill
It wasn’t long ago that we released a video encouraging everyone to live each day with the same enthusiasm as January 1st. The everyday resolution is about cultivating an attitude of making the most of each day and building a momentum for a better tomorrow. We all know that life throws us many challenges, and it isn’t always easy to stick with our original plans, but before we make up excuses as to why things worked out or not, we want to remind ourselves that we still have two months until that annual promise making moment!
So lets do it. Let’s get a head start on our yearly review and take a look at how we are doing with our goals so far. Whatever the reason, people always tend to get stuff done when there are deadlines. It might not be as easy to loose 10 pounds as it is to cram in an essay the day before its due, but nobody is giving us a grade here. We can be too hard on ourselves sometimes and get discouraged if we haven’t been keeping up with our own expectations. The Lifestyle Project isn’t here to dwell on the past…we are here to help you enjoy the now.
Whether things are working well or they aren’t going as planned, the two month stretch is the perfect time reflect on the factors that are helping or hindering your performance. If things are going well, than just keep going, if not, we offer the following tips to get back on track.
1) Break the big goals into smaller ones. When we have ambitious objectives, sometimes we bury ourselves with too much pressure. It is essential to make things more attainable, and an easy way to do that is to simply take smaller steps. Break your big goals down into fractions and let the momentum of consistent action take you closer to the ideal.
2) Take up a daily journaling practice. Writing things down help us set intentions for the day. By getting it out of our head and putting it on to paper, we can remind ourselves of what we want to achieve. There is a fulfilling sentiment that is gained by checking things off a list, and this shot of dopamine will help reinforce the positive habits.
3) Celebrate. Jeez, we have to have fun. Too often we focus on the negative aspects of ourselves and we are reluctant to give ourselves any credit. You are awesome, and when you have some success, you should celebrate your successes. This makes the pursuit worth while, and it also makes the process a lot more fun. Athletes celebrate each time they score, you should as well.
4) Find someone else with the same aim, and help them achieve their goals. When someone else is involved, we are more likely to pull through because there is some social responsibility. Team up and tap into your altruistic tendencies, and you will reap the inevitable rewards of putting your positive feet forward.
It would be great to get to December 31st and have a completed checklist. We can all do it. This is also a reminder that we don’t need a special date on the calendar to motivate us. All we need to do is make a decision today, that now is the best time to accomplish what we want to accomplish.
Let’s make the most of our time in this wonderful ride of a life.
Let’s change the way we travel, together.
The Lifestyle Project