Resolutions and changes can be made any time of the year, not just New Years. Some of us want to lose something: a few pounds or a bad habit; and some of us want to gain something: health, knowledge, a new skill, or happiness. But if we want to see change happen in our world, we have to start with ourselves. That leaves us with the daunting task of not just declaring resolutions for change, but actually meeting our goals and making the changes a permanent part of our lives.
How do we create a better environment for success? Here are a few tips on creating a new and improved you.
Find support. Seek out the encouragement of people who have your best interests at heart. Go to the gym or hit the trail with a fitness buddy. Share your strengths as well as your weaknesses. Having someone in your corner to hold you accountable for the goals you have set for yourself will help you through the times when you are feeling less than inspired.
Find a professional. Whether it be a personal trainer or fitness instructor, business or personal coach, counselor or healthcare professional, these professionals want you to succeed and will give you the appropriate instruction or therapies for your own individual needs. For example, following the latest fad diet may not only be unsuccessful, but it could be unhealthy as well. Seek the advice and counsel of a professional for your safety and success. Make an investment in your success.
What are you thinking? Much of our success is rooted in a strong positive outlook toward the future. If you believe you can meet your goals, then you probably will. Try to project how much better you and your life will be if you succeed in meeting those goals. What does that feel like? Stay with that feeling for as long as possible. Thought and emotion together create feeling, which is a powerful vector for creating what we want in our lives. Science shows that how we feel creates a shift in the bio-chemical makeup of our bodies.
What are you not thinking? Nearly 90 percent of our behavior is governed by our subconscious mind. So we may not even be aware of beliefs hiding in our subconscious thoughts, some of which may be sabotaging our success. This is where a good hypnotherapist or a paraliminal CD program may be helpful. Once we uncover, remove, and replace those old, limiting subconscious beliefs, we may find that the path to reach our goals is much clearer.
Stay positive. Focus on your successes. You may have setbacks along the way, but don’t dwell on them. Use those setbacks as a guidance system to know where more effort is needed. Focus on the success of others. Being an encourager for someone else will also give you the energy and positive mindset to be more successful in reaching your own goals. Create a positive environment and surround yourself with positive people. Be sincerely grateful for your own achievements as well as the achievements of those around you.
Read success stories. Seeing how others have beaten the odds and achieved their goals is inspiring. Focusing on real-life success stories can give you the edge you need to reach your own goals. Learn from these valuable teachers!
Most of us are unaware of the power we have within us to create positive and lasting change in our own lives. Often, we waste energy on thoughts and actions that do not serve us or our environment well. Make a conscious effort to shift your energies and efforts toward positive and lasting change. The positive changes we create within ourselves will ultimately change the world.
The only real limits that exist are those we create for ourselves.
Absolutely anything is possible!