How feeling good can help you achieve your goals

Let’s face it, we all have down days where we feel rubbish and just want to stuff our faces with Pringles and binge watch old episodes of ‘Say Yes to the Dress’.
On these days, it can be an achievement just to have a shower (especially with young kids around), let alone complete the ambitious goals you set yourself.
It’s important not to beat yourself up when you don’t achieve everything you set out to do that day.
 

Eat a frog

Mark Twain famously said: “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”
Don’t worry, you don’t actually have to eat a frog. What Twain was getting at is that if you tackle the hardest, most important task on your list first, the satisfaction of completing it will set you up for the rest of the day.
Remember that job you put off for ages at work because you just couldn’t face it? Now take a moment to remember how you felt when you finally completed it.
Pretty good, huh? It’s so satisfying to tick something off your to-do list, especially when you’ve been dreading doing it.   
 

Positive mental attitude

Positivity is key to happiness. And when you’re happy, you’re more likely to feel motivated to achieve your goals. Likewise, achieving your goals can also have a positive impact on your happiness and motivation.
As we start a new year, you may be planning to land your dream job, you might be looking to redecorate the bathroom, or perhaps your goal is to create an album of all your favourite photos of the kids.
Whatever your plans, here are a few tips to keep motivated and achieve your goals…
 
1. Don’t let the past dictate your future
Stop thinking about previous failures. Just because it didn’t work out before, doesn’t mean you can’t have success in the future.
 
2. Create a plan
If you have a long-term goal, it can feel overwhelming when you think about everything you have to do to achieve it. Break it down into bite-sized chunks that feel more achievable, and write a list of what you need to do in order to keep track of your goal.
 
3. Believe in yourself
Don’t let imposter syndrome get the better of you. You can do whatever you put your mind to, so focus on your strengths and don’t let negative thoughts get in the way of achieving your ambitions.
 
4. Surround yourself with positivity
There’s nothing worse than negative people sapping your positivity to suppress your motivation. So, surround yourself with all things positive – your favourite people, your favourite music, your favourite colour – and motivate yourself.
 
5.Visualise your success
Close your eyes (if you want to) and imagine your life once you’ve completed your goal. What will your life look like? How will you feel? Looks good, right? Now go and achieve it!
 
What are you planning to get done this year? We’d love to hear about your goals.