“It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.” — Confucius
Google's definition of the word Inspiration: the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
Inspiration can be found in many different ways. Whether it is the beginning of a new year or season, something we hear or read, or in my case simply by stepping away from my regular routine for a while. Last month I was fortunate enough to take some time off to warm up in the Caribbean sun. It gave me a chance to hit the reset button. As it happened in the past when I stepped away from my daily routine, I returned refreshed and full of new resolve to "kick things up a notch" in all areas of my life. Health, fitness, personal and business.
The realist in me fully knows that this euphoria will probably wane after a while, and that it will be hard to stay the course, once my busy lifestyle resumes. However, I believe that we can plan for those bumps in the road. So, when life throws us curve balls and we veer off from our newly paved road to success, we will quickly find our way back on track.
Set clear goals of what you would like to achieve and attach a deadline
By clearly outlining your goals you are more likely to reach them. Simply saying that we want to be healthier, more organized, eat better, etc. isn't the same as being specific about what we are trying to achieve, and when we would like to reach that goal. For example: In the area of fitness, I would like to get back into the physical shape that I was 3 years ago. I have given myself 3 months to accomplish that goal (fingers crossed).
Ask yourself why you want to achieve these goals
What is the reason behind the goal? The WHY will attach an emotion that can keep you focused on reaching your goal. For me, the reason is that I don't feel comfortable in my clothes anymore and that I would like to be physically stronger, which will help me in my work.
Create a plan that will help you reach your goal
Creating a specific plan of action steps will help guide you toward your goal. In my case I created a plan for the coming 2 weeks, with an exercise routine for each day. I will revise this plan for each of the following weeks depending on my progress and schedule.
Announce your intentions
Sharing your goals with friends and family will keep you accountable and more likely to stick to your plan. I just opened myself up to everyone who is reading this blog and feel more accountable already.
Plan for setbacks
Anyone, who has ever set goals, knows that something is likely to come along and interrupt your plans. Be sure to jump right back into your new routine once you have dealt with the disruption.
Strategize and find ways to keep motivated
If your motivation wanes, it is important to regroup and think back to what prompted or inspired you to set the goal in the first place. Visualize the end goal and find books or videos that are uplifting and inspiring.
Getting away to relax and to live in the present moment has been a great way to relieve stress, inspire me anew and enhance my mental well-being.