Wednesday, June 20, 2012

1 Step to better Persistence

Most of us have hopes of what we want for our lives - usually those hopes are work-, relationship- or healthrelated. The problem starts when we fail to take action even though we know it is important to change. We know we want to loose the weight or have a better relationship, however we fail to do something about it. We push off the thought about getting better until we are so frustrated with ourselves that we stop to believe we can achieve.

The best way to overcome this is to start training your persistence. The better you get at doing what you say you will do, the easier it becomes. In order to build the muscle you need to set small goals and commit to doing it. Let’s say you want to loose weight and you know you need to exercise at least 5 times a week to make this work (there’s no easy pass for changing your body). So you start setting one goal to work out today - just today. You tell yourself to do it, and then you pull through. Afterward you don’t only get the feeling like you’re getting better at achieving, but you also show yourself that your word counts for something. Tell yourself "Just for today I'll do it". Instead of pushing things off to tomorrow, say you'll do it just for today. 
Set little goals and commit to them. Even if it is just giving a card to your partner, cooking one healthy lunch this week and then just do it. In order to get different results, you need to take different actions. You know the goals that would make the biggest overall improvement. If those goals seem as overpowering as they often do, just size them into one small portion and then take action. Thinking about your dreams and then getting frustrated will only achieve one thing - getting you so demotivated and negative that you go back to the only comfortable thing: old bad habits.

What is the goal that would make the biggest overall improvement on your life??
Is there a small action you could take today? What could you commit to, that you would feel good about once you’re done?

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