Making Daily Progress
It is important to make progress on a daily basis with your goals. While we talked about setbacks and interruptions here is some additional information that can help you stay in a positive mindset.
Your mind is an incredibly powerful tool and one that you want to enhance in any way possible. Even though you may feel that you are not spending enough time on your goal you want to look at the quality of how you spend the time you have.
What we mean by this is that it is far better to spend 15 minutes totally concentrating on your goal, than to spend 1 hour where you are distracted by other things.
The time working on your goals is often referred to as mental engagement. Quite often it is much easier to spend time mentally working on your goal as opposed to putting in physical work.
Included in this is time spent on visualizing where you want to be, or how you will look and feel once your goal is achieved. Of course your thoughts have to be a concentrated effort and not just a quick thought that passes almost immediately.
So where and how can you grab those few minutes to work mentally on your goal? If you are on a plane, for example, use this time for visualization or for planning out your next week’s meals and exercise plan. If your goal is business related work on a marketing plan or go over a presentation or speech in your head.
If you wake up early one morning and can’t get back to sleep, get up while the house is quiet and work on your goals. Once you begin to use your mental focus more you will find it easier to set goals and reach them.
This will also help you concentrate and focus more on all kinds of tasks in both your personal and professional life.
Make Yourself Accountable
For accountability to work you need to make your resolutions and goals known to other people. When you make a public declaration you immediately put yourself into the limelight. People are now going to expect to see results.
Think of places and people that you can declare your intentions to including:
- Facebook or Google+ pages
- Send out a Tweet
- Write a note to friends and family
- Make a pledge to your spouse
- Put up a sticky note on your fridge
- On your blog
- Email your list and announce your intentions
- Create a short video and post it to YouTube
What is Accountability?
Accountability is an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions. [Merriam Webster Dictionary]
We want you to focus on becoming accountable by declaring your intentions to at least one other person. You also want to be accountable to yourself. This involves having a positive mindset and setting your expectations to achieve your goals. If you expect to fail you will, it really is as simple as that!