We all have aspects of our life we want to change from our appearance, financial situation, relationships and many more. Sometimes we even create a plan to make the change that goes well for a while but fizzles out. When this happens, we chalk it up to “it just isn’t for me” or some other band-aide line to avoid feeling too bad. What if I told you there are three simple steps to prevent you from fizzling out? I promise they aren’t time-consuming or overwhelming, rather quite enjoyable.
Set Micro Goals
When the goal is to lose weight, get a new house, find love, or anything that won’t happen overnight, we need to make micro goals. Ones that can occur at the end of the week or a few to keep spirits high.
Micro goals serve as fuel to keep us going because we love instant gratification. Even though they take a week or longer, it still ignites the same receptor in our mind rather than a long period of work with no reward.
Tracking progress is a no brainer for motivation, but many forget to do it or do it too often. For example, losing weight won’t create daily changes or at least not meaningful enough ones. Therefore instead of weighing everyday weight at the end of the week in the morning when your body isn’t bloated or full of food/ water.
The same goes for financial goals. Constantly monitoring our bank account after each expense or deposit will drive us insane. You’ll create anxiety or a negative relationship with money that will cause more harm than good. Instead, check at the end of the week or every two weeks to reduce the risk of negativity.
We can apply these same practices to any change we are trying to make by simply creating a healthy way to track that allows enough time to notice a difference.
It’s not linear
Last on the list is understanding that change is not a linear occurrence, but rather a series of ups, downs, twists and turns. It won’t always be a positive endeavour, yet that’s how real change occurs because we realize that the negativity is still progress.
A phenomenal way to learn or realize this is by taking the negativity and saying: “it’s better than running away from change” or “It can only get better from here.”
That said, I don’t want to bombard you with too much information. I’ll end the post here. Look out for more posts on this series as well as podcasts. Search Fend For Your Health on your favourite platform to find them.