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3 POSITIVE STEPS CAN PUT YOU ON ROAD TO ACHIEVING GOALS

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Here's a three-step formula I use for achieving results: Set a goal and begin taking action toward it; picture yourself succeeding; and find people to support you in reaching that success.

Begin by breaking down the task into mini-goals. Take the action necessary to complete each mini-goal and acknowledge yourself for doing the work.Reserve the right to change your mind. If you decide a specific goal is not improving the quality of your life, admit you've made a mistake and move on.

When I work with clients who have clear goals but aren't achieving the results they desire, I often find one of two common barriers present.

The first barrier is the mind pollution of outdated, irrational or limiting beliefs. We hold internal pictures of ourselves in just about every aspect of our lives. Most are positive pictures, but some are deadly to making results happen.

If we see ourselves as poor, overweight or lonely, these beliefs prevent us from finding or keeping a good job, losing weight or having a lasting relationship.

When changing behavior, it's important to correct limiting pictures. Try using affirmations or positive statements about the changes you would like to make.

For example, I'm a marathon runner. To counteract worries that I'll be unable to complete a race for which I'm training, I develop and use an appropriate affirmation, such as "I am strong and relaxed as I run 26.2 miles in 3 hours and 45 minutes." I say this statement over and over during my training runs.

But I'm a visual person and need a visual component to my affirmations, so I make picture collages, called treasure maps, of me achieving the goal.

A marathon treasure map would include pictures I cut out of magazines of someone with my coloring and body type racing across a finish line in great shape. I look at my treasure map and read my affirmations several times each day. This replaces my negative belief with a positive image.

The second common barrier to goal achievement is lack of support. We are social animals and thrive when surrounded by family or friends who support us.

The converse is also true. When a goal is important to me, I find a support team. When I train for a marathon, I find friends to run with me.