How To Adjust Your Mindset, If You Haven't Reached Your Goals Yet?

Setting goals are essential for getting ahead. Here in the respond community, we talk about working diligently to reach your goals and keeping up your motivation along the way. Developing a positive mindset which will keep you going is essential. It enables you to look at the positives of all situations, and it helps you to visualize your goals, ultimately resulting in reaching them. Without a positive mindset and the drive to want to achieve your goals, you can guarantee you’ll fail. The key is how you position yourself toward that goal and taking small steps towards reaching your goal. We’ve all had goals and dreams that didn’t unfold the way we hoped or expected. When this happens repeatedly, we start to wonder what we need to change. But rarely do we look inside at our thinking as the place to start making changes. At times, we all need to accept that our thinking needs adjusting. Mindsets are formed through prior experiences and emotional milestones, and the mindsets that aren’t producing the results you want are called counter-mindsets. Some examples of these are self-doubt, limiting beliefs, and any other negative thoughts that get in the way of your fulfillment. Your brain has its version of the horizon: ideals. An ideal is a picture of a bigger and better future, and, like the horizon, it moves with you, always out of reach. Why? Because the scope of your expectations and imagination expands in pace with your achievements. If you use your standards of perfection to measure your progress, you risk falling into what I call “the gap” — the distance between what you’ve achieved and the ideal you’ve created. In the gap, you always feel a twinge of dissatisfaction, and you can’t see your accomplishments, even though they’re obvious to everyone around you. It’s not a comfortable place to spend your time. This is not to say you should give up your ideal goals. All your motivation and inspiration are derived from your excitement about imagining that you really can improve and you are able to surpass everything you’ve done before. That future ideal helps you identify and choose your goals.

As soon as you’ve got a goal and get in motion, you start making progress.

The trick here is to inspire yourself forward and measure backward:

  • use your ideal to establish your goal.
  • set specific, measurable milestones to achieve your goal.
  • as you reach each milestone, look back and recognize how far you’ve come from your starting point.

Every time you look backward and measure from your starting point, you’re training yourself to stay out of the gap. Over time, this will give you a big advantage. It puts you in a positive zone of energy, pride, confidence, and excitement, which makes everything around you flourish. Even though the world around you keeps changing, and you may not have fully achieved your goals, you and those around you will have a greater sense of morale, momentum, and motivation that keeps building. Again, changing your mindsets takes work because formed habits aren’t easy to break. This is especially true since many of our most harmful habits and counter-mindsets were established when we were kids, and we’ve been doing things the same way ever since. Understanding your “why” is about starting fresh and deciding on one goal or dream that, when you achieve it, will mean a transformational change: losing weight, being happier at work, improving your relationship with your companion. Identify something that could make a huge impact on your life. After all, if it’s going to take work to make it come true, it better be really meaningful, right? Once you identify what your “why” is, write down on paper or in a notebook why it really matters to you. Not on a computer… on paper in your own handwriting. This is an important part of building your motivation.

Now that you’ve got your goal and your why it’s time to jump. Put your goal everywhere, write it in places you will see it often. Constantly seeing it embeds it in the subconscious mind, which helps develop a mindset where you can’t stop thinking about my goal. People say that to create a new habit, it will take about 60 days. This is silly, if you truly want to make a change for your health, or for your lifestyle, then start today, create a habit from day one.

Creating a positive mindset is essential to reaching your goals. Without it, you’ll never take the jump that’s needed to achieve them, but like any process, you have to actually follow through. It’s important to remember that both failure and success are a part of life, which goes for your health and fitness goals as well. Take a moment to think of the progress you have made during the year and the things you have learned. Now find your source of motivation and start believing that you can do it!

Best of luck. Just respond.

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