The basic idea behind it is that we achieve every goal that we set…true right?? You might be thinking nope that isn’t true, I’ve set goals that I haven’t achieved before…well actually, every time you set a goal and you choose not to take steps towards your goal, you are re-setting your goal…clear as mud?? Well check out my diagram while I explain it a little more.
So you have a goal and there is likely to be steps that you need to take or habits you need to adopt in order to achieve that goal. Sometimes you will do those steps and sometimes you won’t. To successfully achieve the goal you need to follow the positive goal cycle – direction marked in green. Act first and then let the action impact your attitude and then how you feel. For example if your goal is to exercise for 30 minutes every day, if you jump straight out of bed at the sound of your alarm, get your exercise gear on and take action you are on the positive cycle. What usually then follows is a good attitude about what you have achieved and you feel energized and happy that you did what you said you would.
If you are on the negative cycle (direction marked in red), you might wake up to your alarm and decide you aren’t feeling the best or that if you exercise you might be late to your first meeting or your body needs a rest etc etc etc…you think up ways to justify not acting and the action you do take involves the snooze button!
Are you on the positive or negative cycle with your goals?
If you have a goal that is really important to you and that you really want, think about this cycle and as often as you can, in that moment where you need to make a choice, replace feeling with action. Action will get you to your goal a whole lot faster!!