By Isioma Usiade
This must sound familiar to many of us – we make plans to do better, and yes, we start and go all the way in ……more greens/ drinking water/ hitting the gym/ etc……) But before you know it, you are exhausted with the routine and slip back into those comfortable bad habits. Tragic.
The truth is transformation isn’t about seeing improved daily results. It’s about taking two steps forward and one step back. There would always be those days when you feel you can’t continue. The trick lies in making a conscious effort to get back up and keep working towards creating a lifestyle transformation that sparks confidence, positivity, self-awareness and personal growth.
Here are three tips to help you work towards achieving progress and stick with your goals:
Focus on your big picture.
It’s never really easy to achieve success when you don’t have a goal. What exactly do you want? Do you know your WHY? This is what is going to push you. Start by clarifying why you’re making the changes and working towards your goal. Many people find it helpful to create a vision board, write down SMART goals or put a 10-year plan together. This helps you focus on the big picture and keeps you working towards it till you achieve it.
Stick to weekly self-reflection.
It’s always a good idea to track your progress weekly. It helps you take stock of what you missed in the past week and also guides you on how to plan for the new week. By listing all the things that have gone well during the week, you’ll see that even when some days ‘do not go as planned, you will have made some progress towards your goal.
Adopt a beginner’s mindset.
Right now, whatever you are doing isn’t working, so why don’t you go at it like a beginner. Do what you would do if you were a beginner, and in no time, it would be a lifestyle. Embody the qualities of a newbie. Be curious, relearn and learn again. Ask questions, keep trying, and keep moving forward.