Remember January 2015 ~ the month of good intentions and high motivation to make big changes in our lives? In those first few weeks of the New Year, I expect most of us were pleased with our courage and resolve … until something happened and we began to forget or excuse ourselves from our commitments. Those resolutions became blurred.
Here are some thoughts for your consideration:
1. “Life” happened! The inevitable problems and challenges that come our way may have distracted us. Goals can easily fall into the shadows as we take up the “this and that” of our lives.
2. Negative thinking happens — I can’t, or this is too hard, or there’s no time, etc. When we don’t stay in a positive frame of mind, negative thinking can sabotage our best laid plans.
3. Sometimes the goals we set are not what we truly want but rather what we think we “should” want—to be thinner, smarter, good enough, more successful, the list goes on and on. Since “shoulds” come from the outside world and real “change” comes from our inside world, the two soon come into disagreement. Our inside world most often wins because it has our best interest at heart.
As we approach this year’s half way mark, I invite you to review your original goals and plans for 2015. Take time to reevaluate what you really want, what it is that you truly value, and make adjustments to fit your circumstances now.
The truth is that short-term change is relatively easy; long-term change is relatively hard, so keeping your goals in your awareness by reviewing them several times over the course of the year can help you take action … even if you make baby steps … and give you the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the progress that you have made.
If your progress is stalled, then it’s time to discover (and get help if need be) what your “inside world” really wants!