Do any of these sound familiar? We all have our habits that get in the way of the best version of ourselves – preventing us from completing our goals, holding us back from the things that we have to do (not necessarily the ones we love to do), and protecting us from that little bit of suffering associated with change and growth.
So how do we avoid falling into these temptation traps?
- Remember what you’re working towards: If we have a clear goal and a sensory-packed vision of ourselves accomplishing our goals, we’re more likely to succeed. Make your goals easily acceptable – try setting reminders around your house or putting time on your schedule to work on them. Use your latent creative skills and create a collage or vision board that represents you achieving your goals.
- Remember why you’re working towards that goal: Even more important are all the reasons we're making this change. When we remember all the reasons why we wanted to achieve our goals, we’re more likely to stay on track. Think of both reasons why not making the change is unacceptable and what you’ll get from accomplishing your goals. (Don’t forget – we’re less likely to do something if we think we’re changing/doing it for someone else.)
- Talk yourself into staying on course: Resist the gremlins that want you to get off track. Coach yourself with gentle encouragement to follow through with your goals.
- Enlist help: Tell someone what you’re working on and ask them for support and encouragement by checking in with you. Sometimes when we have someone to be accountable to, we stay on track.
- Avoid temptation: Keep the things that get you off course out of the house! Purge the fridge of snacks, hide the remote when it’s time to sit down and work, or clear off your desk and limit distractions.
- Create your space: A clean and uncluttered space is a space that supports focus and creativity. Add some flowers, color or art work. Your work space should be warm and inviting so that you feel comfortable and relaxed and ready to dig in!
Staying on track, avoiding the temptation to procrastinate, and eliminating the habits that get in your way is about holding yourself accountable and self-discipline. But it’s natural to get off track, so a little forgiveness and TLC can go a long way. Don’t get too hard on yourself if you get off track. Use it as a lesson. Dig deep and evaluate your patterns and habits and see where they get in your way. And think about what you need to be successful. It’s perfectly normal and healthy to ask for help.