You need to feel challenged to experience change, both in life and in business. Just doing the same thing day in, day out, is only going to produce the same results.
You might wish for things to just fall into place, to be easy, to happen with very little effort at all, but to experience real noticeable change you will need to go through a period of uncertainty, and self-doubt, and will be pushed outside of your comfort zone.
It’s this process that helps you level up, to decide that you can achieve bigger and better things, to understand deep down inside of you that you can make it happen, whatever it is that you’re aiming for.
Now, throughout your life, you will have set some pretty amazing goals no doubt for yourself and for your business, assuming that you have one.
Maybe these goals are to bring in more income or additional revenue streams, to lose weight, or to manifest new and rewarding relationships. There are so many areas that you might have focused on or want to focus on, with a desire to see change.
You may have also found though that sometimes actually making progress towards achieving these goals and maintaining consistency along the way is tough.
I get it, I’ve been there and it’s a hard slog. I can assure you though, right here, and right now that you’re not the only one to have felt this way. We all experience setbacks from time to time. We’re only human, right?!
A great mantra to keep in mind when you’re feeling like things are tough and are starting to question why you are doing what you are doing is ‘if it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you’. Try and keep this in mind as it will help to guide you on the right path.
Today, I want to share some tips with you that I have personally used, and that many of my clients have used on their journey too.
Show up every day for yourself and for your dreams— Be present in the here and the now, be consistent and be authentic in everything that you do.
Take action — No matter how big or small a step it is that you take, a step forward is action taken and it brings you closer to your goals. Don’t get too hung up on taking strides at first, take small steps and increase your momentum so that you can move on to bigger and chunkier things when you’re confidence is up.
Create challenges for yourself with rewards — Set yourself a series of small challenges to achieve and have rewards in place for when you achieve them so that you have things to look forward to. I would recommend these rewards be focused on self-care, leisure, and enjoyment so that you can take time out for yourself when you have achieved what you set out to.
Keep track of your progress — Understanding the process that you have made, the things that you have achieved, and the challenges that you have come across will give you first an opportunity to review what has worked, and what hasn’t worked. It will also give you the motivation to continue as you will see that you’re making progress and seeing results.
Learn from failures — Be honest with yourself and accept that there are going to be things that fail, things that just don’t work out as expected, and things that no matter how hard you try there is something out of your control that is stopping you from achieving it. Failures are very often seen as negative but there is a lesson to be learned from every failure or challenge that you have both in life and business. As such, if you fail, fail fast and fail forward. Look at what it is that happened, what could have been done differently, and what you can take from it and learn from so that you can see success the next time that you approach a similar situation.
Appreciate the journey — All too often we can be too wrapped up in a situation that we forget to appreciate the journey that we are on. We forget that our journeys are unique and that there is a bigger picture. Carve out time in your diary for reflection; time for you to think about where you are in life/business, to tune in to how you are feeling about things, and to appreciate the amazing person that is you, warts and all.
To wrap this up, I’ll share one more of my favourite quotes. One that I come back to time and time again; when I’m feeling good about things when I’m feeling not so good about things, I keep it at the back of my mind to help put things into perspective.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” — Winston Churchill
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