Mental toughness: how to overcome a set back

Now that you’re 2x weeks into 2017 (and many of us are turning an insane 2016 around) the goals and aspirations that you’ve set for this year are becoming more real.

Challenges crop up, our motivation occasionally takes a nose dive and set backs do happen. Maybe you missed a couple of gym sessions because of work, you forgot to meditate or things just aren’t on track. Making the target you want to reach a little further away than you originally thought.

Now is not the time to give up.

Now is the time to get grinding. Because this is the real test. Doing what you set out to do, when you’re not in the mood is tough. So, if you’re suffering from a little bit of “new year, new you” blues, here are a few ways to help you regain your motivation…

Start with why.

When you get caught up in the act of doing something you can lose track of what motivated you to get started. Try to get back in tune with your ‘why’ and rediscover the reason that got you all fired up at the beginning of the year.

Remember that you’re human.

Falling off track is normal. Even your will power has a limit and you have to allow yourself some room for hiccups. Don’t waste your time by beating yourself up about that past. Channel your energy into something more productive and find a way to turn the situation around and get back into your routine.

Revise your daily routine.

Ask yourself: ‘have I given myself enough time?’. There are only 24 hours in the day and trying to squeeze every minute out of them isn’t productive. There is a difference between being productive and being busy. What ever it is that you’re trying to do, add it into a realistic routine that allows you to incorporate it.

Don’t tell people what you’re trying to do.

Sound’s strange right? But there is evidence to suggest that people who don’t share their goals with others are more likely to achieve them. Take a look at this great TedTalk by Derek Sivers who sheds some light on this…

A goal without a plan is just a wish

You have a goal. You’ve decided to do something that could potentially bring the best out of you. Now really commit to it and create a plan that can and will get you there. Be motivated enough to craft a plan that will allow you to reach it.

There is greatness in all of us… you just have to want it enough. 

Will Smith shares his thoughts on what it means to be successful. Take a moment to think of your goal as a wall… you don’t set out to build a wall. You lay one brick as perfectly as you can, one at a time, every day. Your work ethic will ultimately determine how much you achieve… the real question is, how much do you want it?

I’m a huge fan of Will (if you couldn’t already tell) so I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes. Start every day by remembering that you have the power to create your’reality’…

“Being realistic is the most common path to mediocrity” – Will Smith

All set? Get back up, brush yourself off and get to it!

Dream. Believe. Achieve. 

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