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Extreme Challenges Made Easy(er)…

Embrace the Process!

Have you ever heard the expression “Get out of Your Own Way”?  Too often people approach goals with a crippling mindset from the get-go and as a result increase the difficulty of the challenge they set for themselves. A mountain climber wouldn’t train to climb a mountain and then on the day of the climb add 500LBs to their backpack.  Not only is placing negative thoughts within the mind the equivalent of “adding 500lbs to the backpack”, instantaneously increasing the severity of the challenge, this kind of negativity sabotages success.image

Obviously, a challenge to accomplish something for the first time, or change behaviors will push the individual out of their Comfort Zone, hence the term “Challenge”. So, yes, there should be an established level of difficulty, which in actuality begins as the “Motivator” to pursue the goal. Moving forward the individual should take the first step in their Plan of achieving the desired outcome and in order to “get out of their own way”, adopt the mentality to “Embrace the Process”.

Ease Into It & Make It Fun!

The moment the mind is set to “Embrace the Process” the level of difficulty becomes less severe. Accepting rather than fighting the necessary steps to achieve success will make the “Challenge” more enjoyable, thus in a sense simplify the task at hand. Attacking the Challenge with the attitude that this will be Fun and result in a Positive Change is a sure fire way to reach success, not just one time, but Every Time a goal is set!

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Motivation….A Study Part III

Staying the Course

Most Personal Challenges are not achieved in one day. We may accomplish a “Mini Victory” within one day, but attaining the ultimate goal requires a compilation of “Mini Victories” over the course of several days, leading into months, and in some cases years.

In this vein of thinking, and in reference to the two prior Motivation Study Posts, this is why the upfront preparation for mapping out your Plan to achieve Success is so critical. As this Personal Quest progresses, unexpected hurdles and internal conflicts (lack of confidence, pushing through physical pain, etc.) can conjure up doubts and questions within our minds, which in turn make us wonder “How do I Stay the Course?”. When this sort of occurrence takes place ( it’s not a matter of “If” …we’re human it’s gonna happen…) you and I have to dig deep within ourselves, tap into our own internal strength, remind ourselves WHY we started this journey, find ways to further break down the process into smaller segments, celebrate the “Mini Victories” to keep ourselves amped up, and envision how AMAZING gaining Success will feel. The Mapped out Success Plan is a great visual aid to use when going through the mental exercise described above.

Relying on our own internal strength in this manner can be the empowerment that pushes us past the struggle and gets us back on track, but surrounding ourselves with positive people who know and support us in our quest can be another great source of strength to Stay the Course.

No Alternative

Success and Nothing Less. That MUST be the Mindset when setting any goal. There is NO looking back, NO excuse, NO alternative. This commitment level to SELF has to exist in order to keep our “Eyes on the Prize” and moving toward claiming that Prize.

The next post within this Motivation series will discuss how to make Extreme Personal Challenges easier to achieve.

Until then…

Stay Strong & Share Your Strength!!

SutterGirl

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Motivation…A Study Part II

The Plan

Okay, so you’ve taken the first action step and mapped out the PLAN for achieving your goal….Right???!!!  No??!! Well, the PLAN is the KEY FACTOR to obtaining success.

No one PLANS to FAIL. But when we Fail to Plan it essentially solidifies an outcome of failure.  This concept sounds so OBVIOUS, yet so many of us still attempt to achieve a goal by just “Wingin'” it.image

The Plan doesn’t have to be some immensely complex document. In fact, simplifying it can be very beneficial in avoiding the Purpose Paralysis mentioned in Part I of this study on Motivation. Regardless, we need a Plan that acts as a Road Map and provides step-by-step directions for us to navigate toward and ultimately reach Success.

We also need to build in a measure of Plan Flexibility. While certain aspects in reaching success will be black and white, other portions may require tweaking…especially if they aren’t providing outcomes that will accomplish the final goal.

Another thought to consider when we begin to formulate our Plan is to seek counsel from someone who has already attained the level of Success upon which we have set our sights. Experiencing this type of consultation will shorten our learning curve by increasing our awareness and as a result will allow us to avoid pitfalls and other obstacles.

Finally, we have to BELIEVE within the depths of our Soul that we CAN SUCCEED!!!

So, It’s Simple…

Set your sights on SUCCESS.image

Seek good counsel to Formulate a PLAN.

Search your Soul for the Belief.

See yourself SUCCEEDING!

 

Stay Strong & Share Your Strength!

SutterGirl

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Motivation – A Study…

The Start

Start…Starting…Started….image

Typically when any of these word tenses are used it implies a “Newness” factor. If that is in fact the case, then that signifies “Change”. While most humans are all about NEW, there are many whom abhor CHANGE.

After all, something NEW is viewed as BETTER, COOLER and more EXCITING. Whereas CHANGE signifies something that was in the works, or happening for a long time must STOP. VERY UNCOOL to most.

But why??!! If whatever IT is Changes won’t it be considered NEW? And if IT is now NEW aren’t the chances of it being BETTER, COOLER & more EXCITING greater than if IT remained the same? I would propose that with some changes the first required change is the personal perspective on what is changing.

Okay, so back to The Start. In order to Start motion, action must come into play. And while a goal, completion and / or finish line may be the ultimate goal, that should NOT be the main focus at the Start. The first focus is beginning, moving toward the next step or milestone on the path then the next step, and then the next, and so forth and so on. Basically breaking down the Process of Change into smaller segments to simplify the task at hand to avoid becoming OVERWHELMED.

Usually when someone looks at the BIG GOAL all at once it conjures up a feeling that IT has to be achieved in one fell swoop. This perspective can cause “Purpose Paralysis” and spells FAILURE because the person feels doomed from the Start and therefore fails to Move.

A successful start on a Path to Newness begins with just that…mapping out a path to follow that breaks down the Process of Change into simplified segments and generates a sense of Easier (versus Harder). Don’t get me wrong, the Goal may require extreme effort to achieve, but when viewed in parts versus Totality will avoid making IT seem insurmountable.

And if that doesn’t work, one can always rely on the saying that “It only takes 21 days to change a habit.”….Less than a month!! And there’s only 12 of those in 1 year!!! (See how to Break IT Down ;0) )

Step One – Take the First Step on the Path. Keep Moving toward Success and it will be that much closer to achieving!!!

STAY TUNED…..Motivation A Study PART II will be posted in the Near Future!!

Until Then….

Stay Strong & Share Your Strength!!

SutterGirl

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