2011-04-01 – Friday Whisper – Stick to it!!!

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So hopefully by now, you started making decisions 🙂
Now the next step, how to stick to your decision…
You know, when we take decisions, sometimes we face obstacles, sometimes we feel down and get discouraged, sometimes we tend to re-question our decisions to find any reason to back up…
As I told you last week, with decisions you undo old habits and acquire new ones…
So how to keep yourself motivated and keep going on…
You’re starting a diet?  Photoshop a picture of you to make yourself look the way you long for and post it on your fridge, on your dressing mirror, on your closet and a small one in your wallet, so that when it is gym time, you open it and look at it 😉
Your studies…invite yourself to the coffee shop, get your books and your favorite music and sit on your favorite couch…
You can even find a study or gym partner, so that when you tend to postpone your task, someone is always there to remind you…
Your business project… talk to people who did it before, they will give you positive vibes… research it on the Internet, prepare your business plan, write down the needed resources…
Write down the steps you want to take and keep track of what you are doing…this way you won’t forget any step and you will see how closer you are getting to your goal every day…
If you feel the next step is complicated or too big, rethink it and break it into small ones… Identify your weaknesses and seek assistance…
Reward yourself the same way you reward your kids, your employees when they work hard… yourself is working hard too 😉 So associate a small prize to each milestone you reach… a small cake after the first 10 pounds lost…  1/2 hour spent alone after a day spent with family…I don’t think finding other ideas will be hard for you 🙂
And keep in mind, that no diet expert can shed pounds for you… no professor can obtain the degree for you… no gym trainer can shape your body for you… No one on this Earth can make your dream come true except yourself and the effort you put into it…
But mostly beware of your enemies:
– Procrastination…. No better time to realize what you want than now…
– Others’ discouragement and opinions…. Don’t listen to others when they tell you what you’re doing might not work… if it doesn’t work for them, doesn’t mean it doesn’t work for you! Distinguish between a good advice based on facts and a negative vibe based on subjective opinion or even envy!
– Let go of previous failures… if you fail your diet this morning, restart right away and don’t wait till next Monday! Failure is just another opportunity to understand more what we are doing so that we succeed better the next time…
-Fear of failing… you didn’t fail yet, you are just afraid of failing!!! Isn’t that failing yourself when you don’t believe enough in yourself? Maybe you are afraid of leaving your comfort zone to a less known area!!! How about living a new adventure? Isn’t that more fun?
And relive your dreams in your head… relive those moments when you realized what decision you should take…relive those feelings… to put yourself in the right state of mind… the right spirit…
I used mostly the diet example because we can all relate to it…but a decision can be as big as changing a law in your country…it’s not different if you make up your mind… it just needs a whole different kind of effort and time spent!
Andrew Carnegie, a Scottish-American businessman, said: “People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.”
And David Viscott, an American author, said: “If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.”
With every step you take, you’re one step closer to your goal and one step farther from regret of not trying 😉


Rania Hammoud
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One thought on “2011-04-01 – Friday Whisper – Stick to it!!!

  1. >I'm afraid that I'm more receptive to all this advice after 9 am, several hours after I need to actually get out of bed to go running in order to pass the Army physical fitness test. Maybe what I'm missing is the sergeant screaming in my ear which provided me with the necessary encouragement to complete those early morning runs last year.

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