With half of the year already gone,most of us feel that we haven’t been able to achieve what we set to in our so called New Year resolutions(hope I am not the only one ).It’s almost become a sort of a tradition at the start of every year to make resolutions about your life and then dwell in self-deprecating behavior after having not achieved them.But, it is life and things happen in life of which we have no control over.You get so caught up in your everyday routine life that everything you thought of doing for yourself and achieving all those nice goals and targets go for a toss.
But, let’s keep reminding ourselves to take a positive outlook at life.We have half of the year left(okay,five months to be precise) but still that is something, right?So, for all those wanting to start anew ,here is a list of things you could do which can pave the way to achieve your goals:
1.Write it down- As easy as it sounds, by writing our goals we tend to focus on them more and to be frank the feeling of checking off the list is truly satisfying,don’t you think so?Now you can do all that fancy bullet journaling, making a planner or by simply making a list either manually or digitally but just write your thoughts, ideas, goals down.This will allow you to have a clear vision of what you want and you don’t have to worry about unnecessary mental clutter in your mind, which brings me to my next point.
2. Declutter your mind-Everyday we have a million things running in our mind, with so many thoughts coming and going that we pay attention to some and brush off the others.Now,we all know that our brain is amazing and it can sometimes trick us into believing something which is actually not there as it all comes down to our perception.So before going to sleep or any time of your choice,you can have a mental declutter by consciously thinking about the random and not so random thoughts you had during the day and brush aside the negative and any useless things you don’t want to think about. You could also go through the day in your mind and think about all the things you achieved ,the stuff that made you happy,the things you want to achieve ,kind of in a way like you would have organized them in writing.Basically, just try to focus on your mental well being.
3.Declutter and organize your surroundings-If you are anything like me and enjoy cleaning and organizing (yes,I am one of those people) and prefer your surroundings to be neat and organised then this really helps.Start by cleaning your surroundings -it could be as small as cleaning your closet/study area/your room to as big as taking the project to clean your house.Along with cleaning, you can purge things you don’t need and either donate them or recycle the things that can be recycled and throw away the stuff you don’t really require.After this ,you can organize as you want .This exercise may not hold true for everyone as some people tend to be focused and creative in messy surroundings but then again to each their own.Still,I would recommend you to give this a go.
4.Get the motivation/inspiration-Remember when we were young and after finishing a task, we used to be rewarded. How good was that feeling!!So, you can also do the same now. After checking off every task on your to do list, you can reward yourself with something you like.Now, I suggest the reward be intrinsic and not something external because you’ll end up looking forward for the reward and start feeling frustrated on sometimes not getting it.In the beginning, start off with something tangible but slowly move towards intrinsic rewards.
5.Just do it-Yes ,just go for it!!This is probably the most important thing you have to do it.I know it’s easier said than done but you have to just go for it once you have set your mind on your goals and targets.Don’t think about the outcome,instead focus all your energy on completing the task at hand and if you can multitask then good for you but make sure whether you set your goals daily, weekly,monthly or quarterly, you have to make full effort in order to achieve them.Also, make sure to prioritize your goals in terms of their importance as it will help you to focus more on immediate goals which need urgent attention and then tackle the rest as you go.
6.Gratitude-While on the path to achieve your goals ,don’t forget to be thankful for what you have.Inculcate the quality of showing gratitude in life in any form and you’ll feel so good about yourself and the things you have.Remember that you have something the other person is struggling for.Be grateful for everything positive in your life and treat mistakes and challenges of life as something to learn out of. The good and the not-so- good things help us to become a better person and not a bitter person if use the virtue of gratitude.
7.Be gentle on yourself-I can’t stress enough how important it is to be gentle and kind towards you own self . We show kindness and care towards others but why do we become our own harsh critics?In your journey towards your dream life ,there will be many times when you’ll not be able to accomplish what you set your eyes on due to whatever reason but that’s completely fine .It happens to all of us and one should learn to let it go and incorporate self love as there is always the next time.You can start afresh at any day,any moment if you have the will to.
8.Take out the time-In this age and time ,everyone leads busy lives,some more so than the others but if you really have that fire within you to achieve your goal, you have to take out some time in your fast paced life to accomplish your goals.Try to work hard and smart at the same time.There would be no output if you work long hours but don’t enjoy the process and are doing it just for the sake of it.Instead even if it is for fifteen minutes, do it earnestly and enjoy it thoroughly.
9.Slow but steady-We all have heard the story of the rabbit and the tortoise and how slow and steady wins the race .Well,it’s actually time you apply that notion in your life.Now I know, most of you might be thinking that you can’t afford to slow down and take a break when everyone else in busy getting stuff done.It may be true in some cases since we live in such a digital and high -tech world. But as far as your goals are concerned,take baby steps and don’t just dive straight in because if you do that, over time it will lead to exhaustion and frustration and we don’t want that .Instead, we are looking for sustenance and perseverance.So,rather be slow and consistent with your goals than be overwhelmed and tired to pursue your dreams.
To wrap up, I would say that once you have started on your journey to better yourself ,to achieve all that you want,do enjoy the journey itself and not just wait desperately for the outcome because even if you do reach the goal, you’ll not feel content as you did not revel in the process and just did what you did for the sake of it.So,learn through the hardships and mistakes and enjoy your achievements but stay humble and be modest about it. Also,the things that I’ve mentioned in this post are nothing new and it may not hold true for everyone but these have personally worked for me and hope can do the trick for some of you too..Also,it is always nice to get that positive nudge from time to time.So,see the glass as half full and not half empty.