For many people the start of a New Year signals a change. This may be in the form of the typical ‘New Year’s Resolutions’, such as weight loss or dry January; or changing bad habits, for example, stopping smoking.
For others, January heralds deeper and bigger changes. January is the busiest time for recruitment agencies as people look for new jobs or a complete change of career. It is also a time when people who have been suffering in unhealthy relationships may decide now is the time to leave for good.
Choosing to make changes is a very healthy method of making change happen. Setting goals (deliberately or without conscious awareness) which reflect our own choice, and is in accordance with our core values, relies on a very special part of our overall motivation. Intrinsic motivation, also known as self-determination, is a strong predictor of positive change.
Regardless of whether you want big, or small, changes, successful goal achievement can be predicted. Factors that predict goal achievement include: (a) you believe you can achieve the goal; (b) you are committed to effortful action to achieve the goal; and (c) you anticipate a feeling of happiness and a sense of satisfaction when you achieve the goal.
Belief and commitment rely on thought processes, which contribute to our mindset and how we approach goals. Whilst an anticipation of happiness focuses on emotion, or mood.
So, you can see that emotions and thoughts underpin successful or unsuccessful goal achievement. Get the mindset right and you are more than half way to successfully achieving what you set out to achieve.
Some would say your mindset is more than 90% responsible for success.
Six Steps to Achieving Your Goals
In setting out to make any changes, there are six key steps to successfully achieving your goals:
Identify the most important and realistic goal that you want to achieve;
Visualise what you will be doing, saying, feeling if you achieve your goal. What will others be saying to you?;
Consider all the actions necessary to achieve the goal, including any sacrifices you may have to make (for example, if you want to start a fitness regime you may miss breakfast or dinner with your family; or Friday night drinks after work);
Master your mindset to overcome any self-doubt that you may have;
Be willing to take consistent effortful action, in incremental steps to get to your goal; small actions add up to big changes;
Celebrate! You’ve earnt it! Celebrate the small steps as well as the bigger overall goal.
Making real changes in our lives relies on emotions and thoughts. How we manage our moods and our mindset will have a direct impact on how successful we are at making lasting change happen in our lives.
In my free Mood and Mindset Mastery Guide, I help you to start to take much more notice of your emotions and your thoughts. Mastering both these components of your human make-up will help you to make lasting change. And positive change will help you to Live Life Stronger.
To demonstrate these steps in action, follow my progress on my 21 day fitness and health goals, please go to my facebook page here.
With very best wishes
Dr Joselyn Sellen
Tel: 07533 008756