I am a big fan of setting and accomplishing goals. Who isn’t?
It is such a rewarding feeling to set a goal, work really hard and achieve what you desired.
When it comes to goals, there is usually a lot of doing that is required.
We have to devote a lot of time and effort to each step of our plan and what we do everyday. We have to be disciplined and make sure we are accomplishing the things we need to do. We have to be charged up and ready to do anything and everything necessary to propel us forward and set ourselves up to successfully achieve our goal.
There is just a lot of doing that goes on until we reach our goal.
And, there is by no means nothing wrong with “doing”. It really does pay off to be a hard worker and have enough discipline to work each and every day toward your goals.
However, when it comes to goals, we should make certain that our days are not only about doing things and crossing task after task off of our “to do” list. There is something more we need to pay attention to.
The possibility of Today”
If we really want to accomplish our goals and be as successful as possible, we need to turn some of our focus and attention to what is going on inside us.
We need to compliment everything we are doing externally with some attention internally and making certain we have the right mindset that will allow us to really create what we want.
So, what does that mean practically?
One of the first things we usually do when we want to accomplish a goal is focus on creating the plan to get from A to B. What are the specific things we need to do in order to achieve what we desire? What do we need to make sure we get done each day? We usually are very motivated and jump right in and start doing things right away.
But, if this is all we do, we have overlooked something really important.
It is great to be super motivated and to start moving and doing things, but we do ourselves a disservice if we also haven’t developed a plan and identified what we need to do internally to accompany our plan externally. How can we prepare our mind for success?
Are there limiting beliefs we have or is there a lack of confidence that is subtly working against us? Do we need to strengthen our self-discipline? There will always be things we can strengthen about our internal mindset that will really set us up for the success we are looking for.
Our internal plan is just as important, if not more important, than our external plan, but oftentimes it is overlooked. We are so focused on all that we need to do externally that it may not even occur to us that we also need a plan for strengthening our internal mindset.
Whenever we set out to accomplish anything, we need to always be cognizant of the fact that we need a dual prong plan. We need an external plan that we can work against everyday and we also need an internal plan that will strengthen our minds and set us up for success.
How to use this possibility:
1. Do an internal survey. Think about what may be weighing on your mind and possibly working against you. What do you need to change or improve about your mindset? Are you confident that you will be successful? Are you aware of all the potential you have? Do you have any doubts? Is your mind completely clear?
2. Think about past experiences. What has worked against you in the past? What are possible barriers you have hit before that you need to make certain you breakdown from the beginning this time? We are meant to learn from past experiences, especially those that didn’t go as we had hoped so make certain you are aware of what has caused you issues before so you can avoid falling into the same mental traps.
3. Develop an internal plan. What do you need to do to strengthen your internal mindset? Are there certain things you need to focus on each day? Do you need to remind yourself of your goals and your ability? Do you need to recharge and motivate yourself every morning? Do you need to make certain you are unplugging and clearing your mind everyday? Figure out a daily plan to create the best mindset possible.
4. Devote time to both prongs of your plan. Don’t become so obsessed with what you have to get done each day that you overlook what you need to do daily to strengthen your mindset. Always make certain you are prioritizing and making time to work on your internal plan. Set aside whatever time is necessary and don’t allow anything to interfere with that period of time, even if it means you accomplish less off of your “to do” list. There is really nothing more important than your internal mindset and you have to make certain you are doing those things that are necessary each day to cultivate it.
Live Today Better than Yesterday.