Get Back in the Zone
So Blue Monday came and went! Did you feel any different? They say that it's the most depressing day of the year for many and the day when many of us will give up on any goals and resolutions we put in place on the 1st January. Was this you? Hopefully not. Having said that it can be tough to keep on track, when those around us are falling off the wagon and returning to their bad habits. With that in mind I am here to give you a boost of 'Keep it up! You can do it.' etc. A boost that will hopefully support you in getting back in the zone so that you can move forward positively.
Reframe your goals
Firstly ask yourself if the goals or resolutions that you set for yourself at the beginning of the year were completely realistic? There's a reason why you might have given up. Were they too big? Were they completely out of scope? Did you try to do too many things at once? This is often the case as it is a new year and we all think we need to make lots of changes but you have to be realistic. Don't panic though as all is not lost. You do not need to give up, you just need to REFRAME what it is you are wanting to change. An example of this comes from one of the Mindset sessions I am currently delivering. One of our lovely attendees set a great goal to proactively and strategically work on her business for one hour a day. She adopted the use of her Habit Tracker (a great tool that I can send your way if you are interested) but when it came to the weekend she couldn't tick it off which meant there were gaps in her tracking which didn't feel right. What she did instead was to rethink her goal and instead of working on business goals during the weekend, she decided to focus on her personal goals for one hour at the weekend instead. This means that the habit tracker can still be ticked off so she feels she is keeping on top of her goals. Reframing is really important. If something isn't working don't just throw in the towel, ask you self:
- what am I trying to achieve?
- what are the reasons for it not working?
- what can I do instead - what small tweaks can I make?
- is this now more realistic?
- am I motivated by this goal?
This is a big one. When you find someone who is interested in the changes that you are wanting to make in your life and who supports those changes they can be the ones you check in with. Being accountable to ourselves is obviously key but when the will power resources are low sometimes we need an extra support system. The importance of accountability is key for many people and something I see time and time again through the Mindset sessions I deliver. Over the 5 week programme, participants are encouraged to make positive changes in their lives and each week they have to report back to me and the rest of the group. In addition, we have a WhatsApp group so encouragement can be given and celebrations for even the smallest of wins. These actions alone can be enough to make you keep pushing on. Accountability is key if you are going to stay in the zone.
Get back in the Zone
Don't give up! Return to the feeling you had inside you when you decided to commit to these changes in your life. You wanted to succeed because you knew what it would mean to you and your life. Take five minutes to visualise again how amazing it would feel if you reached the target and know that it is not so difficult to get back in that zone. Write down your intentions (and put it where you can see it frequently throughout the day) and get back in the zone. You don't need to wait until the next Monday (we've all done that) you can start TODAY. There is no time like the present to make positive changes to your life.
So what are you waiting for? You can do it and remember if you need someone to support you a long the way I know a great coach ready to help (that's me by the way!).