Reach Your Goals - Using Eastern Wisdom
Take a page from Eastern wisdom
Meditation, martial arts that focus on disciplining the mind as well as the body, and chi-releasing massage and yoga can all help you reach your goals by clearing your mind, teaching you how to block out distractions, and showing you how to deal effectively with obstacles. The disciplines of Eastern mind-body arts are a great help when stress or outside influences threaten your progress, and the meditative mindset helps keep the link between the sub-conscious and conscious mind open, streamlining the flow of creativity and flexibility and promoting the intelligent use of internal resources - and, not incidentally, short circuiting some of the resistance and negative self-talk that often create failure where there was none before.
Reach Your Goals - A Higher Purpose
Find a higher reason to reach your goal than just the goal itself
I need to be mentally sharp, physically and emotionally alert, and spiritually on top of things in order to do a good job for my clients. Knowing that none of these are possible without good physical fitness, when I feel like skipping or cutting a workout short, I repeat my mantra "Strong body, strong mind, strong spirit," and picture all of the people counting on me to help them.
Reach Your Goals - Create A Nurturing Environment
Create an environment that is so inspiring and nurturing that it does half the work for you
When your work and living space are cluttered and dirty, when dishes are piled up in the sink or when your wardrobe is uninspiring, energy that you need to meet your goals will be bled out of you like a battery being run down by a forgotten dome light. You need all of the energy you currently have just to run your life, and you need to generate more to reach your goals.
Reach Your Goals - Step Into Your Own Truth
Create a truth and step into it
There is a saying in self-help circles that states, "Your mind can't take a joke." What this means is that whatever you believe to be true is true, at least as far as your mind is concerned.
Reach Your Goals - Never Settle For What You Can Currently Imagine
Never settle for what you can currently imagine
You are a captive of your own imagination. In other words, your wildest dreams form the outer limit of what you believe to be achievable.
Reach Your Goals - Believe In Your Own Divine Nature
Believe in your own Divine nature
Despite the varying religious backgrounds that the world offers, all religions have one thing in common - a belief that their deity ordains each person's existence here on earth, usually through direct assistance in the birth process by the creation and gifting of a soul. That means that you are here because the omnipotent creator of the Universe thinks it's a good idea.
Reach Your Goals - Make A Game Out Of It
Make a game out of reaching your goals
Go to a yard sale and pick up a cheap board game, if you don't have any "throw away" games at home. Sit down and brainstorm a way to transform the game into goal-completion fun.
Reach Your Goals - Friendly Competition
Get together with a group of like-minded friends who are committed to reaching the same, or similar, goals. Brainstorm ways to "compete" in reaching those goals, decide on the timing and logistics of regular "check-in" meetings and perhaps set up a system of rewards.
Reach Your Goals - Create A Soundtrack
Choose a personal theme song and soundtrack that stirs you and refocuses you on your goal
What would a superhero be without theme music? And what about those soundtracks used in the movies to make sure that those of us in the audience are either gripping our seats or bawling our eyes out on cue? Why not do the same for your life? Choose a song that seems to "say it all" about how you feel about your goal, or that just plain inspires you to do your best, then pick a "soundtrack" of other supporting songs to go along with it.
Make a tape, burn a CD, or download clips onto your computer - whatever works for you.
Reach Your Goals - Have A Theraputic Meltdown
Have a therapeutic meltdown
It's crunch time: you're two days behind and the deadline's looming, your dog just ate your last clean hard copy of that oh-so-vital data and the helpful people at your computer company's customer service seem to have left the building - while you're stuck on hold looking at the "blue screen of death." Time to lose it - constructively.
Reach Your Goals - Use Your Holidays
Use birthdays and other gift-giving holidays to help reach your goals
Suggest to friends and family that for your birthday, Christmas, Hanukah, etc., you would much rather receive goal-related gifts than a new set of bath salts or scented candles.
Reach Your Goals - Clown Around
Clown around Among the Plains Indians, heyoka, or sacred clowns, often purposely behave in strange or counter-intuitive ways, such as living their lives "backward" (riding facing the rear of the horse, drying off before bathing, etc.).
Reach Your Goals - Give Yourself A Gold Star
Give yourself a gold star
Remember how rewarding it was in grade school to get back an assignment with a gold star sticker or some other tangible acknowledgement of a job well done? Well you can apply the same psychological boost to your goal-based activities today!
Sure, you could go about this in the literal sense, adding a sticker or some other item that makes you smile, such as a rubber stamp, to your daybook, calendar or goal-tracking sheet as a way to reinforce your successes. But why not get creative and offer yourself a more fitting reward? After all, you're a grown up now and your rewards should reflect this.
Reach Your Goals - Have A Pitch Party
Have a "Pitch Party"
Invite friends and work together to haul out all the old stuff in your life that no longer works with your new direction. For example, if you have lost a substantial amount of weight, drag out all those too-big clothes, the ugly sweats you slouched around the house in and anything else that belongs with the "old you" (diet magazines, weigh-in charts, etc).
Reach Your Goals - Throw A Success Shindig
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