2019 is only a few weeks away (IKR?!), and if you're anything like me, you're already knee-deep in mapping out everything you hope to achieve next year. While it's awesome to look ahead, I'm also a firm believer that every day presents the perfect opportunity to "restart" and set new goals. If you aren't happy with how yesterday went, keep a positive outlook and see how you can improve today — whether that be in school, at work, when working on a side hustle, continuing your fitness journey, whatever!
As I've read before, focusing your thoughts on uplifting ideas will "help your subconscious mind begin to implement a positive pattern in your way of thinking and your outlook on life." Likewise, the thoughts we feed ourselves also play a huge factor in our self-esteem and how we view ourselves. So, if there's anything you get from reading this article, get this: Rid yourself of all negative self-talk, as it doesn't do any good whatsoever. Instead, build your faith in yourself and focus on creating a few positive self-affirmations, which can help direct your actions and fuel your success!
What exactly are self-affirmations? According to Mindtools.com, they're "positive statements that can help you to challenge and overcome self-sabotaging and negative thoughts." The process is best carried out by repeating them out loud often (at least twice a day) AND believing in them.
Ready to get started and manifest your dreams? First, create a detailed list that outlines your goals followed by dates/deadlines. Try to be as specific as possible.
Master the art of meal-prepping for good.
Score the lead on a new project at work/school.
Attract new clients for personal training business.
Then, break down each goal by writing out the steps you think you'd need to complete from start to finish. Take our meal-prepping example for guidance!
Goal: Master the art of meal-prepping for good.
1. Plan a series of menus, incorporating breakfast, lunch, dinner, and healthy snack ideas.
2. Go grocery shopping, making sure to load your cart with lots of fresh foods and reusable containers to make preparing multiple/storing meals more hassle-free.
3. Pick a day to play chef.
Next, assign each goal a positive self-affirmation. Take our leadership example for guidance!
Goal: Score the lead on a new project at work/school.
Affirmation: "I have plenty of creativity, confidence, and character to land this role."
Lastly, as mentioned earlier, make sure to look at your list — including affirmations — daily. You can even go a step further by letting a trusted family member or trusted friend in on your plans so that they can help keep you accountable! Will it be easy? At times, probably not. Controlling your thoughts is like exercising a muscle — it takes time, patience, and dedication to master. However, your reward will be sweet and definitely well earned!
Sweat Sisters, do you have any pointers on how to become a goal-crusher? We'd love to hear from you in the comments below!