1. Know that mistakes will happen, no matter what. You are only human. Everyone makes mistakes. The most important thing to do when you make a mistake is to recover from that mistake. Don’t let your mistakes knock you down permanently realize that you made the mistake and take away all of the information from the situation so that you can make sure that you aren’t going to make that mistake again.
2. Remember that your setbacks or halts in your progress are NOT failures. “What defines us is how well we rise after falling.” This quote means that yes, you might fall, but it’s important that you get knocked down nine times and stand up 10. Nothing that you do is a failure unless you give up. Don’t let slow progress towards your goal get you discouraged. Nothing is going to happen overnight and it’s important that you continue to stay positive about the end goal, and not thing that your process has been a failure.
3. Don’t Stress. Stressing about achieving your goals is one of the worst things that you can do. If you’re constantly tense and stressed about reaching your goal, you’re going to end up running into more road blocks that you are creating for yourself. Allow yourself to relax and realize that the timing of your goal will be perfect. Practice yoga, or deep breathing exercises when you are feeling overwhelmed.
4. Take Care of your Body. While you’re working towards a life changing goal, it’s important to take care of yourself. Get enough sleep, eat well, and exercise. Keeping your body happy and healthy is crucial to achieving your goals. Are you dealing with chronic pain? Chronic pain can cause depression and lethargy and keep you from being motivated to reaching your goals. If you’re suffering from pain call Oahu Spine & Rehab in Kailua so we can work with you to fight your chronic pain and keep your body healthy.
5. Laugh it off. The process of reaching your goals is not always going to be an easy one. Laugh at the little things that are happening in your life. Don’t take yourself or anyone’s opinions too seriously.
6. Have a plan with concrete, realistic, and manageable action steps. Motivation is a great start, but it won’t last or keep you going if you don’t harness it. Break your plan into small steps and short-term goals. You are less likely to feel overwhelmed. Goals work best when they are very specific, realistic, fit your own style and are concrete. On a project, for example, your first goal might be to assemble information, the second to get materials together, and the third to get organized. Next, break the project into sub-steps and only start once you have a plan. Start small with exercise goals. For example, make it a goal to just walk two minutes down the sidewalk and back twice a week, or to park a little further than you usually would from the door of a store when you run errands, maybe three times a week. (This step brought to you by obesityhelp.com!)
7. Give yourself credit. Spend your time thinking about all of the great progress that you have made instead of focusing on the hiccups in your process. Even if your journey has been full of lots of small accomplishments, it’s important to give yourself credit where it is due!
8. Reward yourself for small goals. One of the best motivating factors when reaching your goals is the reward. Maybe it will take you a year or longer to reach your final goal. During that time, there are smaller victories that are worth small rewards. Rent a movie, have a date night, buy something for your hobby; REWARD yourself for your small feats, because without them you wouldn’t hit your final goal.
9. Have a “Goal Coach” keep you accountable. It’s important that there is someone in your life that is going to help keep you accountable instead of hindering your process. It can be a friend, a colleague, a spouse or a life coach. If you and your friend have the same goal, try to reach milestones together and make sure not to act as enablers for setbacks.
10. Avoid Negativism. There is nothing more important in success than keeping positive thoughts. If you catch yourself thinking negative thoughts during the day, quickly replace them with a more positive alternative. Have a healthier outlook on life and try not to constantly be prepared for the “worst case scenario.” Be realistic, but focus on the real positives around you when it comes to challenges and overcoming the things that you are more worried about when it comes to your goal.
If your goals include weight loss, let OSR Weight Management help you reach your goals. Using a physician assisted weight loss method has been proved to make your weight loss goals more attainable. These tips are relevant no matter what your goal may be. If you’re on Oahu and suffering from chronic pain, migraines, or stress. Let Oahu Spine & Rehab help you. Our integrated health center offers all the services to make sure you have a happy and healthy body which correlates directly to reaching your goals!