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5 Ways to Psych Yourself up to Start Your Goals

This article was originally written and published on Goals.com a couple of years ago.

It is easy to get excited over a new idea that enters your mind after attending an event, while at work or after your daily workout routine. We all have those moments when we see something or hear a motivational message and then tell ourselves that we are going to start that business, slim up and get fit in thirty days or become a successful freelance writer and travel the world. However, a few days or weeks later, the flame of excitement over that new idea burns out and it no longer becomes a goal because we either put unrealistic expectations on ourselves or because we let other people, namely those closest to us, discourage us from turning that idea into a goal.

While it’s important to be realistic about your goals, don’t let the excitement over your new idea get quenched. Psych yourself up to start your goals so that you can maximize your potential and productivity and begin your journey towards achieving that dream goal your heart has held onto for so long.

Make a Plan And Stick With It

The moment a new idea comes to mind, write it down. Create a step-by-step plan of action that details what life will look and feel like once you have accomplished this goal and the steps you will take to achieve it.

Hold onto your dreams and let them inspire you to keep on performing at your absolute best at whatever it is that you are doing. At the same time, be realistic about your goals. Perhaps your goal is to become an internationally acclaimed fitness trainer. Or, maybe your goal is to become a photographer for the National Geographic magazine. These goals seem lofty and near impossible to achieve, but they don’t have to be. With the right attitude, mindset and the right timing, you can accomplish those things. However, keep in mind that big dreams don’t come true overnight. It takes hard work, perseverance, consistency, patience and the right connections in order to achieve your goals. So, be prepared to work long hours without seeing immediate results and experience setbacks, but don’t let failure compel you to give up on your goal. Learn from those negative experiences and keep moving forward even if it means for you to take an alternative path in your vocation in order to obtain that desired goal.

Review your action plan, make revisions if needed and keep your eye on your vision.

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

It is important that we step out of our comfort zone and face our fears. Only then will we truly realize our full potential and fulfill our dreams.

So, once you have created your action plan, it’s time to break the routine, get out and expand your horizons and your connections.

If you are a gourmet cook who is single, book a table at a wedding fair to promote your new catering business. Or, if your primary goal is to lose weight and tone up before summer and you love running, join a running marathon event. Don’t let weddings remind you of what you don’t have or stronger, leaner people make you feel insecure about your own body. Those thoughts will only hold you back. Rather, be open-minded because you never know who you will meet and how those people will inspire you to start your goals.

Surround Yourself With Positivity

We live in an all or nothing society that perpetually tells us we’re not good enough if we don’t have a high-paying job, – or six-figure business – a house, car and family by the time we’re thirty-five or that we’re not pretty if we don’t look and dress a certain way. Some people have it all by their mid-thirties and that’s fantastic, but most of them have not yet met all of those goals.

Even family and good friends, who are well meaning, have ideas of what you should be doing and how you should be living your life. However, what they and the rest of society think is best for you is not necessarily the best thing for you. You have a unique purpose in this world and so, for that reason, your life journey will be different from others. So what if your best friend has a better paying job than you or that your siblings are all married and you’re not dating anyone. That doesn’t make you any less of a person than those people. Your life purpose, whatever it may be, is just as important. Besides, this world would be an incredibly boring place if we all looked alike and accomplished the same goals at the same time.

It’s hard to maintain a positive outlook in life when you’re told by other people that your goals are too grand or that you’re not experienced enough, not qualified enough. The good news is that you can ignore the negativity and prove the naysayers wrong by starting your goals and sticking with them until you’ve achieved what you’ve set out to achieve. The best way to do this is to surround yourself with people who will lift you up, encourage you and motivate you. Immerse yourself in books written by motivational authors (books by Joel Osteen and Rachel Hollis are highly recommended). Good friends and books filled with positive and uplifting messages will invigorate you, but they will also psych you up to start your goals.

Keep in mind one thing: people don’t determine your destiny. If you’re told you’re not experienced enough or qualified enough to start your dream career, then find a way to gain the experience and qualifications you need for that line of work. Where there is a will, there is a way!

Eat Clean, Healthy Foods and Exercise Regularly

Regardless of what goals we have in mind to achieve, exercise combined with a diet of clean, healthy food is important to our overall wellbeing. Two meals a day that includes lean proteins, (chicken, fish and legumes), dairy, fruits, vegetables and some meats (lean, ground organic beef is the best) will give your brain the power and the ability to think clearly. Exercise – even if you exercise vigorously for ten minutes per day – combined with a healthy diet, will energize your body and reduce your level of stress, so you will feel more relaxed and more motivated to start your goals.

Just Do It!

We all fall into the trap where we have to explain to our family, friends and everyone we meet why it’s important for us to pursue a goal. But, the more we talk the more vulnerable we become to naysayers’ negativity. The best way to psych yourself up for your goals is to talk less and just do it! Create your action plan today, embrace new adventures, block out the negativity, eat healthier and exercise more. Start your goals today because tomorrow may never come.

Now that you’re psyched out to start your goals, whatever they may be, always remember that no one is in charge of your destiny. It’s your life, your dream, so go get it!

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