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7 Surefire Ways to Re-Commit to Your Long-Term Goals

7 Surefire Ways to Re-Commit to Your Long-Term Goals

A long-term goal is like a romantic relationship.

    At first, it’s sunshine and rainbows all the way. You’re 100% committed, ready to take on the world and do whatever is necessary to see this goal through. Nothing will stop you!

    Then…time happens.

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    Your workouts get boring, you don’t feel like sitting for 15 minutes of meditation and that Milky Way at the checkout is calling your name.

    Just like you have relationships with people, you have them with your long-term goals. And just like any relationship, you’re gonna have your high roads and your low roads, your smooth roads and your bumpy roads (as my dear mom always says).

    Where are you with your long-term goals? Are you on a smooth road or a bumpy road?

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    After 3 months of consistently working out — a big deal for me — I was on a bumpy road. Here’s how I got re-committed (Note: This is for a fitness goal, but would work for any other long-term goal):

    1. Forget the idea of “blowing it.”

    You know what I mean – when you’re on a “diet” (yuck), eat a brownie and decide you blew it, so you might as well eat 3 more. Yeah, that. Don’t do that to yourself! With a long-term goal, there is nothing to blow. Eating one treat or skipping one workout does NOT mean you have failed forever. It just means you ate a treat or skipped a workout – that’s it. Don’t dramatize it. It is what it is.

    2. Remember why you’re doing it.

    If your long-term goal is to exercise every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, like me, your reasons could be many: increased energy, better muscle tone, good health. Write down all of the reasons you committed to that goal in the first place. It also helps to write down what benefits you’ve already seen; this motivates you to keep going so you can see more.

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    3. Get right back on schedule.

    If your goal is to meditate daily for 15 minutes daily, but you’ve missed 2 weeks (guilty…), as soon as you realize it, get back at it.  Don’t let the fact that it’s been 2 weeks keep you from starting again – remember, there’s nothing to blow. In the grand scheme of things, 2 weeks is nothing compared to what it could be if you let that stop you.

    4. Plan.

    If your goal is to work out, know what your workout will be the night before. This is a tough one for me, but when I do plan, there’s less of a chance that I’ll duck out. So lay out your workout gear, set your alarm in another room, put your meditation cushion where you’ll see it.

    5. Stop thinking.

    When your morning alarm goes off, you might start thinking, “Well, I could just sleep a little later and then workout”. Nope. Don’t even think about it. Tell your brain to hush, because it’s only formulating excuses. Maybe you will sleep a little later and still workout… But maybe you won’t. If you start thinking about what you need to do, you’ll find a million reasons not to. So stop thinking and start doing.

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    6. Add some variety.

    Often we stray from our goals because they get boring. For me, it helped to watch a health documentary, to remind me of the importance of exercising and staying healthy. What would re-ignite your excitement? A meditation cushion? New running shoes? A different workout?

    7. Tell someone.

    Accountability is a huge motivator. If you’re the only one you have to answer to, it’s way easier to hit the snooze instead of lacing up your running shoes. But if you have to report to a supportive friend about your fitness goals, you’ll be way more likely to stick to the plan. You could even do one better and partner with someone – greater accountability equals greater commitment.

    What’s a long-term goal of yours that you’ve kinda let fall to the wayside? How would it benefit you to recommit?

    Whether you’ve been slacking for 2 weeks or 2 years, it’s not too late to pick up where you left off. It never is! I dare you: begin again today.

    (Photo credit: Destination via Freedigitalphotos.net)

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    Last Updated on October 14, 2018

    Don’t Think You’re a Creative Person? You Can Definitely Change That

    Don’t Think You’re a Creative Person? You Can Definitely Change That

    Do you think of yourself as a creative person? Do you play the drums or do watercolor paintings? Perhaps compose songs or direct plays? Can you even relate to any of these so called ‘creative’ experiences?

    Many people have this common assumption that creativity is an inborn talent, whereby only a special group of people are inherently creative–everyone else just unfortunately does not have that special ability. But, this is far from the truth!

    So what is creativity?

    Everyone Can Be Creative!

    The fact is, that everyone has an innate creative ability. Despite what most people may think, creativity is a skill that everyone can learn. It’s a skill with huge leverage that allows you to generate enormous amounts of value from relatively little input. How is that so?

    You’ll have to start by expanding your definition of creativity. Creativity isn’t just about making art or ‘thinking out of the box’. Creativity at its heart, is being able to see things in a way that others cannot. It’s a skill that helps you find new perspectives to create new possibilities and solutions to different problems.

    So, if you encounter different challenges and problems that need solving on a regular basis, then creativity is an invaluable skill to have.

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    Let’s say, for example, that you work in sales. Having creativity will help you to look for new ways to approach and reach out to potential customers. Or perhaps you’re a teacher. You have to constantly look for new ways to deliver your message and educate your students.

    How Creativity Really Works

    Let me break another misconception about creativity — which is that it’s only used to create completely “new” or “original” things. Again, this is far from the truth. Because nothing is ever completely new or original.

    Everything, including works of art, doesn’t come from nothing. Everything derives from some sort of inspiration. That means that creativity works by connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value.

    From this perspective, you can see lots of creativity in action. In technology, Apple combines traditional computers with design and aesthetics to create new ways to use digital products. In music, a musician may be inspired by certain styles of music, instruments and rhythms to write a new song.

    All of these examples are about connecting different ideas, finding common ground amongst the differences, and creating a completely new idea out of them.

    Creativity Needs an Intention

    Another misconception about the creative process is that you can just be in a general “creative” state.

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    Real creativity isn’t about coming up with “eureka!” moments for random ideas. Instead, to be truly creative, you need to have a direction. You have to ask yourself this question:

    “What problem are you trying to solve?”

    Only by knowing the answer to this question can you start flexing your creativity muscles.

    Often times, the idea of creativity is associated with the ‘Right’ brain, with intuition and imagination. Hence a lot of focus is placed on the ‘Right’ brain when it comes to creativity.

    But to get the most out of creativity, you need to utilize both sides of your brain, Right and Left, which means using the analytical and logical part of your brain, too.

    This may sound surprising to you, but creativity has a lot to do with problem solving. And, problem solving inherently involves logic and analysis. So instead of throwing out the ‘Left’ brain, full creativity needs them to work in unison.

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    For example, when you’re looking for new ideas, your ‘Left’ brain will guide you to a place of focus, which is based on your objective behind the ideas you’re searching for. The ‘Right’ brain then guides you to gather and explore based on your current focus.

    And, when you decide to try out these new ideas, your ‘Right’ brain will give you novel solutions outside of the ones you already know. Your ‘Left’ brain then helps you evaluate and tune the solutions to work better in practice. So logic and creativity actually work hand in hand, and not one at the expense of the other.

    Creativity is a Skill

    At the end of the day, creativity is a skill. It’s not some innate or natural born talent that some have over others. What this means is that creativity and innovation can be practiced and improved upon systematically.

    A skill can be learned and practiced by applying your strongest learning styles. Want to know what your learning style is? Try this test.

    A skill can also be measured and improved through a Feedback Loop, and can be continuously upgraded over time by regular practice. Through regular practice, your creativity goes through different stages of proficiency. This means that you can become more and more creative!

    If you never thought that creativity was relevant to you, or that you don’t have a knack for being creative… think again! You can use creativity in any aspect of your life. In fact you should use it, as it will allow you to to break through your usual loop, get you out of your comfort zone, and inspire you to grow and try new things.

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    Creativity will definitely give you an edge when you’re trying to solve a problem or come up with new solutions.

    Start Connecting the Dots!

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