We have big goals and dreams. Some will be in touching distance, others maybe so far away that they barely seem reachable….for now.
I try to work and improve on my thinking a little more every year when attempting new goals – from my gym work, my career and wider changes. It’s always a learning process.
One of the reasons for this is the fear of becoming stuck in a place where I would feel something would be such a mountain to climb, that it’ll be “impossible”. I had often got into a trap of looking too far in front and not being able break down what was needed.
Books and podcasts on mindset have helped so much with this over the years. What I’ve learnt is that there is no one particular ‘fix’ – for me it’s a continual series of phases to smaller improvements in sometimes multiple areas over a stretch of time that have the biggest difference and I’m STILL learning how to improve that!
Breaking down manageable actions really help. I found it also allows scope for change and adjustments over time too.
A method I’ve found to be particularly useful is to map out and then then review one week (to start) and then build from there. Assess what changes you’ve made, how you felt at particular points and reactions to it. This has helped me make the smaller movements forward possible when faced with big challenges that may take some time. It was also a great help when I first started at the gym.
It also assisted when trying understand the hurdles across multiple areas – from the gym, personal development and career wise. Even if you know it’s a long term commitment, by building week on week, you can always look back and see how far you’ve come.