We're two weeks in, with 50 to go.
How's your progress on your 2010 resolutions?
Are you making step-by-step progress toward the habits that you need to have in order to meet your current goals?
If old perspectives, habits or discouraging self-talk threaten to take you back to the ways that didn't work before, do something dramatic.
Shake yourself up.
Shake the January doldrums off.
Do one of the following…or something else…but do it now:
– Create a mural of your goal and the path to it.
Include enough details to show you on making steady progress toward the finish line, the top of the mountain, or whatever metaphor works to propel you through the changes you need to make to reach your goal.
– Choose an encouraging target phrase and say it to yourself 50 times each day.
Think of it this way. You're probably saying discouraging things to yourself at least that frequently, whether you realize it or not.
Substitute a new and better script. Stop or drown out the depleting things you're telling yourself now.
– Choose an energy-building song you love and play it three times a day.
Try playing it once in the morning, again as a break during the day, and a third time on your way home or in the evening sometime.
– Create a chart and track actions that will take you all the way across the finish line.
If you're trying to give up soda, for example, use a simple checksheet to keep track of the number of days you successfully say "no" to yourself and to the siren call of the item or habit that "wants you to return," even though you're trying to let go.
– Make a public declaration of your goal, and the daily actions you're taking to try to reach it.
Share it with people who support you. Enlist their help in keeping you on track.
And what about those who are threatened by your growth, or your dreams?
Like it or not, there are some people whose security is threatened by your plans to improve, or to do something better for yourself.
Stand up for yourself.
You have to be in your own corner before anyone else will.
Do what you need to do to be true to you, and to create a better today and many better tomorrows.