Most people are
enthusiastic at the start of a
energy going thatís difficult. There are points in the progress of every
project when energy fades. Here are some ways to prevent your enthusiasm from
Great Achiever: 8 Winning Habits
Use visual reminders
of your goal
visual reminders of your goal
and the advantages you will experience when you reach it. The
classic example is being
able to afford something youíve been yearning for. Get your
photograph taken with that item (like your dream car) and place the
photograph where you will see it daily.
Develop tiny steps
to become discouraged if each step looms large and takes a long
time. Break the project down to extremely small steps, then you can
make some progress even if you have only five minutes.
Check off small steps
As you take those small
steps, check them off as you finish them. Give yourself a pat of the
back for your progress. The progress you have made is just as
important as the distance you have to go.
Cut down on time wasters and mind numbers
Identify and avoid
timewasters that you use to ďnumb outĒ. Then avoid them as much as
possible. The list may include too much TV, chat-rooms, computer
games, time on the phone, alcohol and partying, or other behaviors
in which you indulge fairly obsessively.
Get enough rest
when you feel you need to work harder, you put in more hours and
take less rest. Itís essential to get enough sleep or your project
Keep a journal about the benefits of your project
involves harnessing the verbal part of
brain. This makes you feel more involved with the project. Do
this especially at the start, when your energy level is high. Add to
this journal whenever you can, and read it regularly.
Donít discuss the project with wet blankets
people worry that if you succeed, you may grow away from them. There
are others who just donít want to see you aim too high and then be
disappointed. They mean well, but avoid giving them the opportunity
to rain on your parade. Practice ways to change the subject if they
try to talk about your project.
Keep yourself physically well
exercise and drink plenty of waterÖ you know the routine. The trick
is to keep at it so that you have the energy needed to
carry out your project
Avoid all-or-nothing thinking
fall into the trap of all-or-nothing thinking, we begin to believe
that encountering obstacles or
at one juncture equals total failure on the entire project.
Clear the decks
are focusing on one thing, there are other affairs that accumulate
and may overwhelm us. Keep a to-do list and keep to it. You may
think that doing these things takes time from your
but they actually help keep your energy levels up.
* Dr. Diana Robinson,
a personal development coach,