Have you ever set a goal, and gotten really gung-ho excited about it...only to fall away from it a few days or weeks later? (New Year's Resolutions, anybody?)
Well, today I want to invite you to call to mind a goal you were once excited about. What was it? What happened, that you fell away from it?
I'm gonna guess that your mindset around that goal isn't the most positive one. And that can cause huge problems, because your mindset determines your results. So let's look at three powerful ways you can use your body to create a success mindset.
When you visualize what you want, a couple things happen. First, you can see more clearly how to get there. It's like starting at the end, and working backwards. Second, you start to get emotionally connected to your goal. Both those things will help you work toward it.
Here's my favorite way to explore your vision: go on a Journey Walk.
Studies shows that walking unleashes creativity and helps you focus. Even if it's on a treadmill or around your office, walking stimulates new ideas.
So take a stroll, and ask yourself this: What do I want? What does it look like? Who's there? What are they doing? How do I feel in that life?
Let the answers come. Don't edit or judge them. Just see what comes up. You might be surprised at what you get.
Here's a success secret: action breeds more action. Even taking one small action will change your perspective and inspire you to take more. Let it be small – doesn't matter, as long as it gets you closer toward your goal.
Think of the action you need to take (you know what it is), and visualize yourself doing it. Be detailed. Where are you? Who's around? What exactly do you have to do?
Now let's get it into our bodies. Stand up, and reach up. Pretend you're climbing a ladder. See yourself completing that one action. Where does it lead you? What do you do next? Then what?
Keep going! That ladder will bring you all the way to your vision – rung by rung, action by action.
As you work toward your goal, your mindset will fluctuate. Sometimes you'll be super motivated. Other time, you'll face an onslaught of doubts. Life gets hard. And many people take that as a reason to give up.
But obstacles don't have to stop you. By keeping your mindset flexible, you can work around them, no matter how big and scary they are.
I like to keep two questions in mind as I work toward a goal, and I love to ask myself them while I'm stretching - because we want to be physically flexible as well as mentally!
Here are the two questions: What's working? What's not working? By doing that, I can see how and where I need to make adjustments. Maybe I'm wasting time in the morning, so I need to wake up earlier (or later). Maybe my website has been getting a lot of traffic, so I'll take a closer look and see what I've been doing right to make that happen. This way, I can capitalize on my strengths, and work on my weaknesses. I can recalibrate.
As the saying goes, we can't change the wind, but we can adjust our sails. And by staying aware of what's working and not working, we can master our ships, and get to our destinations.
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