MoHow Posted By Dr. MO Initiatives usually start the same way…..with a great deal energy, determination and enthusiasm. You feel confident that the project you’ve embarked upon will be accomplished, with certainty. And then it happens…
It is inevitable that our initiatives will have rough patches and difficult moments. That’s the way life is. If we expect otherwise we will be more frustrated and prone to quit that is necessary.
Achievers are individuals who think and act constructively in the face of adversities. It is their thoughts and actions that differentiate them from most people who go off track and give up. We can learn to think the way achievers do in a way that is similar to learning how to be a better golfer or tennis played by reading a how to book or watching a training video. The process is called emulation or modelling. The required steps include doing new things that work repetitively until we develop a new habit.
Here are 5 ways of thinking and doing that are strategies used by achievers to get themselves back on track, no matter what, in initiatives that they have stopped. Read them and choose to use them to regain balance and momentum in your initiatives and your life:
1. Regard thinking as a habit. Decide to develop, or improve the habit of optimistic thinking. When you do, you will think of problems as opportunities. The result will be that obstacles will have less power, and you will have more.
2. Learn to eliminate words you use that are extra… not required. For example, “Bad days” don’t exist, “days” do. Drop the “bad”. It’s what you do with the days that determines what you feel about them. Deal with days, or situations, as constructively as possible. If you are having a tough time, take a breath, think about the bigger picture, and give yourself a chance to regroup and continue.
3. Normalize. If you feel discouraged or disheartened, tell yourself this is normal and that so are you. Do something that is pleasant and rewarding and then return to your initiative with refreshed thinking and behaviour.
4. Take the road less travelled more often in dealing with difficulties in your life. Take responsibility rather than pointing the finger of blame. You will discover that there is much less congestion on that road and your results will be much more positive.
5. Encourage yourself and encourage others when you have setbacks. This type of buddy system is great in any project or initiate you are a part of. You’ll enjoy the support and so will the other buddies.
Recreate momentum in your initiatives with inspiring self-talk and you too will achieve more.
It’s important for you to remember that slipping and falling come with the territory called life. It’s normal for initiatives to not go perfectly smoothly. Take the steps outlined above and you will soon be moving forward and upward again in your initiatives….. and feel much better about yourself.
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