As a mom and a business owner, sometimes I struggle to get it all done. Especially during times of a lot of stress or activity. The holidays and my vacation during the holidays did me no favors, and neither did me finishing up the Morning Meltdown 100.
When the new year started, I was ready to get back into a routine.
I opted to do the Ultimate Reset again, which I did with much success about five months ago. But I knew that I needed a little something more to keep me going.
I joined Gabby Bernstein’s 21-Day Manifesting Challenge, a daily and actionable challenge to help manifest exactly what you want from the Universe. But I still knew I needed a little something more. So I went searching online.
What I found was this article about how to achieve anything you want in life. Bingo! We all want success, right? And these tips align with life, work, health and fitness, parenting and so much more. So I used this as a guide on a recent team call and I want to share my take on each one.
Focus on Commitment, Not Motivation
Motivation is great, but it’s hard to stay motivated in the long-term. When you focus on why you’re doing something, it’s much easier to stick with it. Continually remind yourself why you committed to the meal plan, workout, habit change, etc. in the first place and you’ll be much more likely to succeed.
Seek Knowledge, Not Results
We want to see results when we’re on a new health journey, but it takes time. When the results don’t come right away, we give up. But if you seek out building knowledge and understanding what’s happening in your body and mind, you’ll make more progress.
Make the Journey Fun
I’m all about having fun in life. It’s why I choose tennis as one of my go-to activities. And I love the team culture of Beachbody to help me achieve my goals. To make the journey more fun, surround yourself with other like-minded people, share the journey and inspire some joy in others through their own journey.
Get Rid of Stagnating Thoughts
A closed mindset is going to bring about negative thoughts, that you can’t do this, that you’ve already failed, that success isn’t for you. Instead of getting sucked into this downward spiral, flip it back to the positives. Maybe your workout didn’t go as planned today. But you were able to do something–and tomorrow’s workout will be even better.
Use Your Imagination
There are always ways to be creative in your positive affirmations, even when you’re really not “feeling it.” When you say things like, “I hate this workout,” you’re setting yourself up for failure. But when you reframe it into something like, “I love how I feel after this workout,” you’re going to push through and get it done. This reframing works for everything in life!
Stop Being Nice to Yourself
Yes, really. When you’re too nice to yourself, you aren’t taking risks and putting yourself into uncomfortable situations. And we all know you have to do both of those in order to grow. When you’re too nice, you fall into stagnation and goals fall by the wayside.
Get Rid of Distractions
We have TOO many distractions today, from technology (hello, Facebook notifications!) to our kids (both human and furry) to work to household chores…there’s always something vying for our attention. When you’re ready to get something done, turn off the distractions and move your body to a place where you can get it done. That might mean leaving the house, putting your phone in another room or posting a Do Not Disturb sign on your office door.
Don’t Rely on Others
You are responsible for your own actions and for achieving your own goals. It’s fine to seek out support from others, but it’s you that’s going to have to do the work.
“Failing to plan is planning to fail.” You’ve heard that quote before, and it’s very true. Figure out where your biggest fallback is and plan around that. If eating healthy is a challenge for you, meal plan and prep. If getting to work on time feels impossible, cut out some things from your morning routine. Pack lunches the night before if you have to. With a solid plan, you’ll be able to get it done.
Protect Yourself from Burnout
When you’re full throttle on a goal, it’s easy to burn out before you realize you’re headed that direction. Be sure to build in time to rest–both on your own and with your loved ones. It’s important to keep remembering why you started in the first place.
What are your thoughts on these “secrets” to success? I don’t think they’re really a secret; I think we just need to take the time to remind ourselves of them.