From weight loss to good parenting, sometimes your mind needs a little encouragement.
Whether it’s raising happy and healthy children, becoming the best at a sport or at work, starting a thriving business or fulfilling a travel bucket list, we all have our own unique goals.
But even if you know exactly what you want to do in life, sometimes it’s easy to feel you want to quit altogether.
You might be overwhelmed with responsibilities you can’t avoid, exhausted or simply getting the sense that your goal is unattainable.
Sometimes all it really takes is a few mental shifts to get back on track. Here are four tricks I use to keep pushing through to succeed at anything I set out to achieve.
1. Remember why you’re pursuing your goal in the first place.
If I ever feel like I want to throw in the towel, I go back to the real reason I’m focused on my bigger goal. “Why was I so lit up about this before?”
2. Act as if you’re already successful.
I also envision how I will feel when I achieve what I’ve set out to achieve.
I act as if … as if I already have the success I’ve worked so hard for.
And success can be anything—it’s not just financial. For me, I am creating a stable environment where my child knows her worth in the world.
I can say the hard things to my partner and hear the hard things from him, and love him unconditionally through all of it.
I am well on my way to helping 1 million women discover what they’re REALLY hungry for so they can stop dieting and focus on creating their legacy in the world. And I am creating an army for change through my Institute of Transformational Nutrition to help other people discover how to heal their health and their hearts for good.
3. Count the successes you already have.
Then I stop and look at how successful I already am.
I’m successful right now because my daughter knows who she is, and no matter what happens, I know she will make her own decisions based on what she came into this world with … and that’s perfect.
I’m already successful because I have had the opportunity to be challenged and come through it stronger from my partner, whom I love more than I thought was possible in this lifetime.
I’m already successful because I’ve helped one person discover what she was REALLY hungry for so she can live the life she wants.
I’m already successful because we’ve helped one person graduate from the Institute of Transformational Nutrition, and that one person will change and save so many lives.
When I was conceived, I had a 300-million-to-1 chance of being the one sperm to fertilize the egg that created that spark of life that resulted in me being here today. One in 300 million. To me, that’s success.
4. Practice gratitude.
Perhaps most important, I’m grateful.
I stop and think daily about how grateful I am to have lived the life I’ve lived—the good, the bad, the hurtful, the joyous and the challenging. I’m grateful for the opportunities.
And if I fail, I’m grateful for the opportunity to fail because I will learn so much from that.
Being grateful and seeing pitfalls and setbacks as opportunities keeps me going forward.
In summary, I remember why I am doing this in the first place; I act how I will act and feel how I will feel when I have met the goals I set for myself in this lifetime; and I remember how successful I already am—how grateful I am for that success AND for the setbacks. And I view the setbacks as opportunities to do something bigger, better and bolder.
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