You're excited about the new year!
You've got some clever tagline like New Year, New Me, etc.
You've implemented what you read in my post 6 steps to setting Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-Based goals.
You're off to a great start! If you hadn't set goals and become motivated, any success would just be coincidence.
But we've seen this before- people set goals and resolutions to drop them 2 weeks later. Be ready for challenges!
Everyone has a plan 'til they get punched in the mouth.
There's a brilliant and applicable post at Moretothat.com called The Quest to the Unlived Life. It uses fun illustrations of the hero's journey to remind us the process of winning is like a video game.
In it, Lawrence Yeo illustrates the 3 biggest obstacles you will face on your path to success, and how to beat them. Here are some quick highlights. I skipped the spoilers so you'll still find his post entertaining.
Laziness is not indifference. Beat laziness by breaking your goal into smaller pieces (like a SMART goal!)
I love the analogy he uses; how would you respond to a person saying all your negative self-talk to your face?
He goes on to illustrate self doubt as a short-sighted protection from disappointment. They're underlying statements like "I don't feel loved when I'm not successful."
Steven Pressfield- “Self-doubt can be an ally. This is because it serves as an indicator of aspiration. It reflects love, love of something we dream of doing, and desire, desire to do it. If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), ‘Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?’ chances are you are.”
Life happens. Unlike video games, challenges and objectives can run counter to each other and compete for resources. Tying our self-identity with the outcome of one objective or neglecting other goals is risky business!
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(Updated January 2020)