How To Reinforce Your Life Goals

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Many people would like to change their lives by reaching a major goal or milestone. However, change is often difficult when you get stuck in your current vision of your own life. Here are some ideas on how to take a higher level approach and systematically reinforce your goals. 

Break Down Goals

The first step to tackling a large challenge will be to break down your goals into the smallest pieces possible. List out all of the steps you need to take, and set deadlines for yourself. Get specific; list not only what you are going to do, but also when and where your activity will take place, the attitude that you will bring to the activity, how much you will accomplish, and any other details that can help you get a clear picture of what success will look like. 

Track Success

Your initial vision may not be realistic, and that's okay. Sit down on a regular basis to review your goals, and change your plans as needed. 

Work on Self Improvement

One important part of reaching new goals is to consider how your personality helps you to meet those specific goals, or detracts from your ability to reach them. Think about what was holding you back from the goals now, and how you can improve your personal effectiveness to reach new heights. Rather than being a time for self criticism, this is a time where you can take an honest look at how you can change to be more successful at your current goals. 

Create Affirmations

There will be times when you may feel like you're not reaching your goals, or that they are the wrong goals in the first place. Major change can be overwhelming, which is why it's important to create affirmations for times of doubt. An affirmation is basically a sentence or mantra that you can repeat to yourself whenever negative thoughts come up. For instance, when you think, "I don't have time to do this", you may counter your thought by affirming yourself with, "I chose to do this and I can make the time". Negative thinking doesn't need to derail your best ideas. 

Finally, remember that it will be easier to stick with your long term goals if you are gentle with yourself. Not every day will be perfect, and you're allowed to slip up sometimes. Whenever you make a mistake and find yourself going off track, take time to remind yourself of all the progress you've made so far, and keep taking small steps forward towards personal effectiveness.

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