When we are flying high its easy to stay on track with our goals…BUT what happens when we stagnate for a period and start to struggle?
What can we do to keep us moving forward and NOT quitting?
When it comes to your goals, your ambitions, chasing down your dreams in ANY area of life the MAIN thing we ‘want’ to see and feel happen is…PROGRESS.
If we are a goal orientated person we have a need to feel like we’re moving forward and getting closer to the outcome we want…
And when we are making progress we feel happy.
However when we stagnate for a period of time we think somethings wrong. We stop believing in what we are doing and we can even start doubting ourselves and our journey.
Here’s the thing…
How much progress can and should we make at any given time when it comes to our goals?
Speaking truthfully there is NO time scale for any of us that dictate’s we should achieve goal X in X amount of time.
Of cause we can plan, prepare, set targets for ourselves to attain our goal/s…This then gives us something to work towards. It gives us boundaries, time scales and something to believe in.
However all the planning and preparing in the world ISN’T a guaranteed science.
The time it takes to achieve your goal/s is so varied that NO one can ever truly say how long it can or will take.
And this goes for ANY goal from losing 2stone to something like winning an Olympic Gold Medal.
All we can ever truly hope for is progress…The feeling of moving forward or getting somewhere near the outcome we want.
The speed of that progress is affected both directly and indirectly by us.
For an example let’s take something like aiming to drop 2stone.
At first the progress can be quite fast.
Losing 2-4lbs per week. By adding in exercise and eating healthy the weight comes off quickly over the first 2-4 weeks. This person loses a stone in around 4-6 weeks.
Then as they start to work on losing the 2nd stone things start to slow down.
So they up their training intensity and eat a little heathier.
They continue to lose weight but it’s slower, 1-2 lbs per week.
Then they reach a point where they stagnate, the last 6lbs. They have lost 1 1/2 stone’s in 8-10 weeks but now those last few lbs won’t shift.
However as they continue to exercise and because of this they are stronger, fitter, they wake up on a morning and feel energised. There skin is clear and healthy. They feel happier and healthier than they have done in years.
So they’re STILL making progress with their body and health, so progress is still being made.
Here’s where the magic happens…When we see positive improvements in ANYTHING from;
Body, fitness, strength, business, relationships, income, self confidence…
We are MUCH more likely to keep doing the things that are making those improvements and when we stay consistent so over time we eventually reach our goals.
BUT the key to success is continuing to work on your goals when your progress has stagnated. This is where MOST people stop, give up or quit. It takes a very committed person with the right people around them to push through in times of self doubt and struggle.
The way to look at this is this…If you keep going, stick at it, make small adjustments to certain areas and stay patient then eventually you’ll break through the wall and move closer to your goal.
BUT if you quit, give up, stop trying then you are guaranteeing that you’ll NEVER reach it.
The aim is ALWAYS to keep going because progress is progress and it doesn’t matter how big or how small that it.
If you’re looking for giant leaps forward, big life transforming moments, or over night success then you have probably bought into some BS notion that people are successful overnight. Some media hyped crap that anyone can make it and success is easily achieved without little sacrifice.
HOWEVER…Any successful individual in sport, business, career, love, life has put years and years of hard work, sacrifice, commitment, persistence into chasing their dreams…And all your seeing is their efforts paying off. You’re seeing the fruits of their hard work.
If you desire success and to achieve your goals you’ll need all the above and on top of that you’ll need a lot of…Patience.
Be patient, follow your plan, say focused and make progress. It doesn’t matter how big or how small just keep moving forward.
Dare to be Alpha.