Predict a Sunny Forecast
You may remember Eeyore from the children’s book Winnie the Pooh. Eeyore’s mood was as blue as his coat, and his spirit drooped as low as his head and tail. He’s an extreme image of how negative thoughts can zap energy and focus.
A positive mindset is key to goal success. Research shows that people with optimistic expectations are more likely to follow through with goals than those with negative predictions.
Positive statements, expressed either out loud or inwardly, propel creativity and energy to reach goals. Successful positive thinkers refuse to let small defeats bring them down.
For instance, instead of saying “I skipped a workout this week,” say “I made all but one workout this week, and next week I’ll make all of them.”
Find a Coach
Consider finding someone to work with you toward your goals. Have him or her hold you accountable for specific weekly or monthly action steps. For instance, at work this would be a supervisor or mentor. There are also many coaching options for personal goals. Many successful individuals have goal buddies or join mastermind groups, where they serve as each other’s coach(es) on specific goals. Also consider hiring a professional life coach or other professional best suited to help you achieve your goal, such as a personal trainer, financial planner or interior designer.
Keep Quiet Around Naysayers
Carefully choose with whom you share your goals. Form a supportive network with upbeat friends, family members and co-workers who believe in you. But shy away from expressing your intentions to those with negative outlooks. Unfortunately, some people may not want you to succeed, and their mere attitudes can sabotage your efforts. Your inward dialog should be constantly encouraging.
Help Kids Set Goals Too
Setting goals is not just for adults; studies show goal setting is highly effective for children as well.
In one study, over a period of five years, 43 elementary students with emotional and behavioral difficulties set daily, weekly and overall goals. The youngsters received rewards when they achieved their goals and met target behaviors, such as increasing cooperation and decreasing aggression. The results showed that the children were highly successful and consistent in attaining daily.
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