A Reason WHY
If you have a winning mindset then you will always be looking to set new goals for yourself to improve your life. You know that setting challenging goals will move you out of your comfort zone and help you to grow as a person. Achieving the goals that you set will reaffirm the belief in your subconscious mind that you can do anything.
The problem is that when you set challenging goals for yourself they will not be easy to achieve. They wouldn’t be challenging if you could achieve them without breaking a sweat would they? This means that you are in for some tough times ahead in the pursuit of your goals.
You need a strong WHY
Before you start working on your challenging goals you need a strong WHY. This is the real reason (or reasons) why you are pursuing the goal in the first place. Nobody wants to lose weight because they want to fit into their old clothes, they want to lose weight because they will look so much better and live a healthy lifestyle.
So when you are writing your WHY statement (yes you need to write it down) it is essential that you are completely honest with yourself. The best way to find out the real reason why you want to achieve a goal is to ask yourself why you really want to achieve it.
Your subconscious will not lie to you. It will tell you that you want to earn an additional R50 000 over the next year because you want to build a house for your mother for example. The money itself is not that important. It is the power that the money will give you that is the driving force. You need to write this in your WHY statement.
When you are writing your WHY statement ask yourself how you will feel when you have achieved your goal. Visualize that you already have the extra money or that you have already lost the weight. How do you feel about this? Make these feelings strong by imagining yourself walking into a room with your pockets stuffed with money or your new sexy figure.
What will be the reaction of your mother? Write down all of the emotions that you experience in your WHY statement. This is very important and will go a long way to help you to achieve your goal.
Refer to your WHY statement every day
When you get out of bed in the morning you need to read your WHY statement. If it is very strong then it will inspire you for the day ahead. It is essential that you start the day off in the right frame of mind and a strong WHY statement will certainly do this for you.
You do not have to read your WHY statement out loud if you don’t want to – reading it in your head is OK. The most important thing is that it inspires you and evokes strong emotion so that you will be chomping at the bit to get started.
As you pursue your challenging goals then there will be obstacles that you have to overcome to progress. Some of these obstacles are likely to be major ones that you have never encountered before. If these things overwhelm you it will be easy for you to lose your motivation. Get out your WHY statement and inspire yourself to carry on.