Fo­cus on one goal and build

Slow, steady wins the race

Central Queensland News - - LIFE | HOROSCOPES -

MOST of us are work­ing to­wards one goal or more.

Per­haps you aim to lose a few ki­los, run five kilo­me­tres, or to have more en­ergy to play with your kids.

Mo­ti­va­tion starts high; how­ever, stick­ing to th­ese goals is not al­ways easy.

Temp­ta­tion sets in, life gets in the way and, be­fore we know it, we are back to square one, a lit­tle worse for wear.

So what can we do to help en­sure we stick to our new goals?

When work­ing to­wards a new goal, keep per­spec­tive.

We of­ten com­pare our­selves to sea­soned pro­fes­sion­als or peo­ple in the media, and they may seem to have it all to­gether.

Do not for­get that th­ese in­di­vid­u­als ex­pe­ri­ence setbacks just like you and I – of course, th­ese pho­tos don’t end up on so­cial media!

We are all in­di­vid­u­als, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing unique chal­lenges.

As the say­ing goes, you can­not com­pare your chap­ter one with some­one else’s chap­ter 20.

Re­mem­ber that suc­cess won’t hap­pen overnight and that be­hind all spec­tac­u­lar achieve­ments there is a whole lot of un­spec­tac­u­lar prepa­ra­tion. Cel­e­brate the small wins! Start small – even if you have a hand­ful of things you would like to im­prove on, fo­cus on just one and build from there.

Mak­ing too many changes at once may be easy at first when the mo­ti­va­tion is high, but it can be­come over­whelm­ing af­ter a while.

It may take longer, but slow and steady re­ally does win the race in the long term.

There will never be a per­fect mo­ment in life where mak­ing progress will be eas­ier.

It’s nice to start on a Mon­day, the start of the month, the start of the school term or the New Year – but the re­al­ity is, that you can start mak­ing progress now.

Know your why and re­mem­ber the big pic­ture.

Why is this goal im­por­tant to you?

How will life be bet­ter af­ter you achieve this goal?

Keep th­ese an­swers at the fore­front of your mind for when the go­ing gets tough.

Change can be a chal­leng­ing, long process, and it is com­pletely nat­u­ral to have setbacks along the way.

Don’t get dis­cour­aged by th­ese.

Use them as an op­por­tu­nity to learn.

By ap­ply­ing the above strate­gies we are more likely to achieve th­ese goals and stick to them.

What goal could you set to­day to work to­wards liv­ing a health­ier, hap­pier life?

It’s nice to start on a Mon­day, the start of the month, the start of the school term or the New Year – but the re­al­ity is, that you can start mak­ing progress now.

PHOTO: LZF

MOV­ING UP: Change can be a chal­leng­ing process and it is nat­u­ral to have setbacks. Don’t get dis­cour­aged, use them as an op­por­tu­nity to learn.

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