Are you finding that your yearly goals always end up the same? Are you determined that this year will finally be different? Are you stuck on what to choose for your goals this year?
It’s always a good idea to have a positive outlook from the very beginning. Don’t approach your goals with a grim or hopeless state of mind. Just because you failed in the past doesn’t mean that you will this year. After all, what many tend to forget when making their top goals for the year is that the whole point of it is to start over and begin anew. Having a negative outlook from the beginning practically ensures your downfall; if you don’t believe you can do it, your doubts will keep you from succeeding.
With that in mind, don’t pick goals that are too lofty or drastic. This is a common reason why so many fail at their goals—they make their decision determined to go through with it, and then a few weeks later they realize their goals are impossible. This results in discouragement, which causes many to give up altogether.
If this sounds like you, reading and sharing goal stories is a great way to find inspiration. It’s also a wonderful way to realize that you’re not alone in your quest to better yourself and others. Here are a few ways that stories can benefit you to make sure your goals turn out differently,
Sharing Your Goal stories with friends and family is a good way to get advice. For example, if you’re having trouble losing weight, eating less chocolate, or exercising more, sharing your experiences may result in you learning new techniques and methods you never would have learned otherwise. You may also learn different research resources to use while learning more about what it will take to achieve your goals. Additionally, they’re a way to get encouragement as well that this year will end up different.
Stories are also useful in that they give you an idea of what to expect. Reading up on other’s experiences as they attempt to achieve a flatter tummy, bigger muscles, a better bank account, or better relations at work can give you a heads up regarding some of the struggles and triumphs you may experience. This may also serve to banish any delusions you may have about any one goal being too hard or too simple.
Stories are also useful for remembering that you aren’t alone in your efforts. When you’re in the midst of trying to accomplish a goal, it’s easy to think that you’re the only person on earth who is struggling with frustration, apathy, anxiety, or depression regarding these goals. Sharing your stories is also a good way to record your progress and let others know what you’re up to this year. Letting others know regular accounts of your progress is also a useful tool in keeping with your goal. After all, you’re more likely to continue working toward your goal if you know others will ask about it.
Of course, stories are good for other reasons than simply helping you along. You can encourage others regarding their goals as well. Sharing your trials, tribulations, and triumphs regarding your goals is a wonderful way to let others know that achieving their goal isn’t impossible.
These are only a few ways stories can help you and others along. As you continue to approach these goals and others with more confidence, you may find that you’re sharing more success stories than anything else.
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