Have you made any personal New Year resolutions for 2012? Now, as the end of January approaches, are you sticking to them and on your way to achieving success?
A new year offers a new beginning – a fresh start – and a great time to set personal goals. Achieving personal goals builds personal confidence and empowerment – two critical characteristics of any successful entrepreneur, like you — a freelance business owner. A personal goal represents something you hope to accomplish during the year that doesn’t directly relate to your business. Perhaps you’ve set a personal health goal, like losing 30 lbs, or a financial one, like getting out of debt. Regardless of the type of goal, you need to harness the power of will to actually see it through.
The Power of Will
Willpower represents the key that can guarantee you reach your goals – 100 % of the time, all the time. Forget about the notion of a magic pill, or panacea, to guarantee success. The strength you need comes from within. Without willpower, you will never achieve even the smallest goal.
So what steps can you take to maximize your willpower?
First of all, understand that you, like everyone else, have a finite daily reserve of willpower. The more decisions you make over the course of a day, the quicker you will deplete your willpower reserves. So tackle your goals in the morning, when you have the highest level of willpower in your tank. Don’t wait until afternoon or evening. As night approaches, you will have almost emptied your tank, making it difficult to stick to your goals.
5 Techniques For Maximizing Willpower
Use these five steps to maximize your willpower and achieve your goals. Read this illustration of the five techniques, using a weight loss goal as an example:
1. Break it up. Make sure you don’t set unrealistic goals that will sap your willpower early on and eventually lead to failure. Set small goals that you can achieve. For instance, if you want to lose 50 pounds during the next 12 months, you’ll probably start out strong, but quickly lose your motivation if progress seems slow. Focus on losing just 10 pounds. Concentrate on that number until you’ve achieved it. Then move on to the next 10 lbs. Those little victories fill up your motivation tank.
2. Focus. Constant distractions whittle away at your ability to keep your eyes on the prize. Your diminished ability to consistently focus also diminishes your willpower and your chances of meeting your goal. When trying to lose weight, for example, you need to focus your physical energy and mental power on the things – like daily blocks of exercise and healthy food preparation — that directly influence your success.
3. Banish the Excuses. Excuses are the enemy when it comes to achieving your goals. Even if you have lots of willpower, once you start coming up with excuses as to why you don’t want to work out, or why you should reward yourself by eating a bucket of ice cream, then you’ve already failed — epically. Banish the excuses by creating a routine.
4. Make It Routine. If you know that you have higher levels of motivation for physical activity in the morning, make working out a part of your morning routine. Make it automatic, like brushing your teeth. So when you wake up, you know you must work out before you do anything else.
5. Get an Accountability Partner. Whether you choose a close friend or family member, let someone you trust know about your goal so they can call you to task and hold you accountable. It’s easy to let go of your goals when you’re the only one who knows about them. When you let someone in on what you hope to achieve, your chances of achieving that goal increase exponentially.
Harness your willpower and achieve your goals for this year by using the above techniques. Here’s to your success!
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