Pat Henry: Write down and review your goals
Persistence is important when it comes to achieving your plan and you must do each task thoroughly and to the best of your ability, writes Pat Henry
When setting out some goals it's a good idea to buy yourself a strong hardback notebook. Then you can document this new adventure and call your book 'Charting My Progress'.
From day one write your plan. Write something down every day and review your plan and update it. This will enable some of it to project into your subconscious.
Also be prepared to make changes so if you get the urge to move in a certain direction, change whatever target you are aiming for and be flexible and bend with it.
Remember that Thomas Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts before he invented the light bulb!
Therefore, persistence is important. Keep going towards your goal and don't give up.
Always remember that many people who have achieved ambitious goals in life, and become successful, have worked very hard and may not have succeeded first time around but discovered that persistence won out in the end.
It is important if you are asked to do something as part of your plan that you do it thoroughly and complete each task to the best of your ability. It will be worth it in the end.
It is also important to remember that some of your closest friends, your family or work colleagues may not go along with your new plan, so keep it to yourself.
This is for your eyes only.
They may not accept that you want change so don't try to change them. Just keep it to yourself and let it gradually work from within.
Remember the battle is not won until it's over. So keep your thoughts and plans private as they are your plans.
If you want to worry, why not worry about something you want to happen - as opposed to something that you don't want to happen.
Worry itself serves no purpose but you can worry about something you do want to happen and by doing this you may programme your subconscious mind to achieve it. So go ahead and worry if you want to.
Set achievable goals daily so that you know what to strive towards and accomplish at the end of every day.
Again, it is important to rewrite your goals.
Set down around 10 things you want to achieve each day. Even if you get just half of this done, tick them off and then by the end of the week you will have achieved some of your targets and you can then build on this.
Try to read some positive books and listen to music and motivational tapes, as well as reading books written by people who have achieved the things that you desire.
Learn how they achieved their target and trained their minds. Fill your mind full of useful information. Treat yourself to your dreams and hopes. Let your mind wander and let yourself drift into the realms of your mind and create a new life.
Some days you will not feel like doing the programme, and when this happens, surround yourself with supportive friends. Take up activities to bring you in contact with people who help you.
Avoid being too critical of yourself and don't keep telling yourself you don't look good or that you are not happy with your arms, hips, etc. Self-programme your subconscious mind with positive thoughts and it's important to try and not dwell on the past too much either. If you do, the past will become the present - so don't fixate on what happened 20 years ago; just think of where we are going now.
If you are not happy with who you are, you can change and be the person you want to be.
Don't knock yourself and think 'I am terrible', 'I'm not good', don't berate yourself and don't say things to yourself that you wouldn't say to your own worst enemy.
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