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The No. 1 thing you need to reach your goals

Creating new goals is fun and exciting.

There’s not only the thrill of starting a new project, there’s also the exciting prospect of reaching the goal itself.

Motivating yourself in the beginning is easy.

When it becomes challenging (and when most people decide to give up and move onto something new; um hello, shiny object syndrome!) - is in the middle, after the goal has been set and when the real work sets in.

Why?

Because it gets harder, not easier to sustain the daily discipline required to reach your goals.

Here’s the thing about success: it’s a journey, not a destination. 

Each day brings with it new opportunity and the chance for you to shape the direction your life is headed.

Thing is: it really doesn’t matter how slowly you move towards you goals. It also doesn't mean that you're locked into the outcome forever

Nope.

What matters is that you are taking daily action and making progress that will get you to where you want to be. 

And when you start making decisions and choose to feel good in the moment rather than focusing on your end game, you ultimately lose out and end up sabotaging our own success.

It is much easier not to.

Believe me, I’ve been there. I think we all have, right?

  • It’s easier to choose to stay in bed and hit snooze one more time.
  • It’s easier to say ‘oh I’m too tired.'
  • It’s easier to say ‘I just don’t feel like it. I’ll do it tomorrow.'

Here’s a newsflash: you will never, ever feel like it.

Waiting for this perfect moment to arrive when you magically feel compelled to spend your evenings and weekends hustling to make your dream happen and turn down plans that are - let's face it are far more exciting - ain’t going to happen.

There is one single ingredient you need to get that daily action happening that will see you reaching your goals.

It’s discipline.

Daily discipline means:

  • Choosing the hard option.
  • Choosing to get uncomfortable.
  • Choosing to delay your gratification.

It’s choosing to do what’s right by making the commitment to yourself that your long term goals are more important than your short term feelings.

I want to share 3 simple ways for you to get really good at self-discipline:

1. do what you need to do - even when you don't feel like it.

The quickest way to overcome resistance you're facing is by doing the task, even when you don’t feel like it. Commit to doing it for 2 minutes. Then another 2 minutes.

Chances are once you’ve started you won’t want to stop and by getting started and pushing through the resistance of ‘not feeling like it’ means you’re taking all important action. And when you take action you’re strengthening your self-discipline muscle and laying the foundation for creating positive habits to help you achieve your goals.

2. Get good at being uncomfortable.

Nope it’s not going to be easy and resistance is going to stare you down the face, but by getting comfortable with being uncomfortable and fully allowing yourself to experience the negative emotions holding you ransom, you’ll master the art of pushing past these blocks and ploughing on, despite these feelings.

Whether you’re facing frustration or fear of the task, the better you get at sitting with these feelings and allowing them to flow through you and increasing your tolerance to them, the quicker you will be able to master self-discipline.

3. Review your goals - daily.

Getting up close and personal with your goals so they are so deeply ingrained in you and you know what your next action needs to be to be without letting yourself second guess.

Commit to playing the long game. Discipline and patience leads to payouts. {click to Tweet it!}

It may take months or even years for you to achieve your vision, but staying close to your goals and taking daily action will see your success.

It’s going to be hard. But hard is not impossible.

Do you agree? What would you say the number one thing is you need to reach your goals?

Rachel xo