Do you have a goal you want to accomplish? You can do it! The right mindset can make the difference between reaching your goal and remaining stagnant. It can be hard to get your mind to change it’s preset thought process, but it can be done! You just have to remind yourself daily, multiple times a day, that you can reach your goal. It is that optimism, that positive thinking, that can get you through the hard times when you just want to give up.
For example, a few years ago, I decided it was time to lose some weight and increase my fitness level. I had put on weight in nursing school, as any college student tends to do, and followed that right up with a baby. Great plan, right? I spent a year hanging on to all the weight, hating it but not doing anything to change it. But hating it and just accepting it didn’t get me any closer to my goal.
I finally managed to change how I was thinking about it. I was on Pinterest one day and found something like this:
Duh! Why I had never thought of it that way? Time was going to pass whether I tried to make a change or not. The only thing holding me back was myself. I may as well work toward something I wanted rather than just let time and life pass me by. I decided then and there that I could do it, make a change and see a difference in just a few months. I was tired of junk food anyway (yeah, right).
And I did it! But I never would have stuck with it if I hadn’t changed my thought process and kept the optimistic belief that I COULD accomplish it. Every day I reminded myself- I can do this. I WILL do this. Then I found ways to HELP me do it. I managed to lose 20 pounds in 6 months. Which actually put me 40 pounds less than I was at the end of nursing school! But I never would have even STARTED to try to change, and definitely wouldn’t have continued trying, if I didn’t remind myself EVERY DAY of how much I wanted a change and that I could do it.
I am working hard at new goals, and it is a daily effort. Nothing is easy, but you just have to keep trying. Tell yourself that you can reach your goal, and hold onto that optimism. You CAN reach your goal. Come to believe that with your whole being, hold it close to your heart and don’t let go. Because you are worth it. And the time is going to pass anyway.