In this article I will share with you something that many successful people do.
It has become a healthy habit for myself as well as many of my happiest clients and best of all it is easy to do. It is also practically free.
A friend called me the other day and it reminded me of the story of the hare and the rabbit. You see he tends to have this skill or ability that verges on obsession. He is one of the few people I know who actually becomes successful by pushing himself very hard.
Generally, most people do push themselves to reach their goals and most people forget to have the goal pull them toward it. This combination works much better and is much easier and I will share more about this in upcoming articles.
However, for now my conversation with my friend reminded me of the classic story. For most people it is far better to set small goals and to reach them and continue with this slow and steady progress. My friend is able to sustain massive amounts of interest that gets him through, yet most people do not have his will power.
There is a saying in Hypnosis and Psychology that between Will power and Imagination, Imagination will win every time!
So which of these do you want on your side?
Instead of a closet full of useless gadgets and a garage full of equipment that you are not using to reach your health goals, you will go for a more steady flow and maintain this.
Maintaining this steady flow toward progress is much healthier and easier. In regards to health it is far healthier to lose a small amount of weight at a steady pace and it is also easier to maintain this new healthier weight.
The same is true for any types of goals you may have.
Most successful people also use one tool that is vital to their success and helps them to reach their next goals and know how they got there.
We probably all know people who are successful or talented at one thing and only one. It could be writing, music, sports, medicine, relationships.
They just cannot seem to learn or do anything else anywhere near as well as that one skill or talent. So people will simply say it is their natural talent, while it is possible to learn what steps they took to get this good. Once they realize how they got there they can use this same strategy to reach their next goals.
An old saying that I use in many of my hypnosis sessions and that I will paraphrase here says :
"The true treasure is not attaining your goals. It is the process you used to get there. With this strategy you can now use this to attain any goals you want to. This is the true treasure. "
Keeping some sort of Journal or record of your steps towards reaching your goals is a fantastic tool for several reasons.
1. It keeps you honest with yourself and holds you gently accountable.
2. It keeps you motivated because you have small steps everyday that can show you getting closer to reaching your goals.
3. It can save you time and energy when you notice if you are straying further from your intended path.
4. You can be flexible and notice if your goals are changing. Checking with your Journal you can tell more accurately whether you are just feeling frustrated with your progress OR if your goals have started to shift and change.
5. It helps you to follow through and reach your goals, while being flexible. Think about how many things you started and actually followed through on.
Now compare this to how many goals you set and never followed through on. I bet the list of goals you started and never completed is longer. This is human nature and out lives can be filled with chaos, stress and distractions that can side track our progress. Keeping your Journal as a simple ritual will give you what you need to continue towards reaching your goals instead of just burning out along the way.
6. By having a small daily ritual it helps build a sense of motion into your life. A healthy habit that helps you to follow through.
In part 2, I will share more tips and reasons why tracking your progress can be so vital to your success!
So consider that your past lessons can be gentle glows in the darkness, while the brighter light of your goals are ahead of you lighting your way and your footsteps are recorded and will help you see how far you have come, how far you need to go and what direction your very next step will be.
To find out more you can contact me at NYC prime hypnosis.com so that you too can keep your progress toward success.
Michael Twomey is a Success Coach and Professional Hypnotist in NYC. He has helped many people to change their habits, beliefs and improve their lives. He lives with his beautiful, loving and talented wife, Maggie in Brooklyn.