How many times have you tried to improve your eating habits, lose weight, or start an exercise routine, only to give up and retreat, sighing, "This won't work for me"?
We all have failure points - barriers that block us from achieving something we want. We do our very best, up to a point, and stop there. Then we try a different approach, until we reach the same barrier and stop again. We develop an image of ourselves as being a certain way, and resign ourselves to believing that we will never change, and that success is for other people.
Some things are too important for us to simply accept failure. Good health is one of them. Relationships with friends and family are another. Are you ready to embrace a positive change in your life? How can you reinvent yourself, and go beyond your limitations to new levels of success?
Start by taking responsibility for your situation. There are some circumstances you cannot change. Focus instead on the things you do have the power to change. For example, you might not be able to change your work schedule, but you can change the way you spend your lunch hour. Look for opportunities to do something differently, in a way that has a positive effect on your life.
Embark on a journey of discovery. You cannot change your habits by sheer willpower, but as your awareness grows, your priorities naturally evolve. Learn more about yourself, and why you act and feel the way you do. Educate yourself. Ask questions. Become an expert. If your goal is a healthier diet, read articles about nutrition. If you want to improve your relationship with your child, read books about parenting and child psychology.
Expose yourself to new ideas. Learning about something totally unrelated to your goals can also bring about change in your life. Studies have shown that learning new skills keeps the brain younger. As you expand your horizons, you develop a different perspective on other aspects of your life.
Talk to successful people about how they achieved their goals and made changes in their lives. Join an organization or a class where you can associate with people who share your purpose.
Be specific. People who write down their goals are almost 40% more likely to achieve them. Make a plan to achieve each of your goals, and establish milestones to measure your success.
Find an accountability partner, someone with whom you can share your goals and report your progress.
Challenge your limitations. Move outside your comfort zone and allow yourself to do something you have never done before. Before you know it, you will be looking back and smiling at your old self.
When you come up against one of your failure points, ask yourself what you really want. Enjoy the rewards of what you have already accomplished, and look forward to the next step. As long as you persist, success is within your grasp!