Updated: Sep 15
You’ve decided that you want to achieve a goal. You want to be successful. A plan is in place and you are creating the habits you need. Your plan includes possible stumbling points and you have identified ways to overcome them. That’s great you are setting yourself up for success. However, what do you do when the unexpected happens and an obstacle occurs that threatens to derail you and your plans? There are certain things you can do when this happens. First it is important that you remember that most obstacles that will happen are created by your own limiting beliefs.
Think Positively Positive thinking is a key success habit in itself. If this is not already a habit of yours then you should consider creating this habit first, as it is crucial for all other habits and goal completion. All successful people are positive. They know who they are, what they want, and how to get there. They are also willing to work to achieve their goals. Relax While it’s quite natural to become stressed when something unexpected occurs it is important that you have planned for this eventuality and have strategies in place that can help you deal with it calmly. Staying calm and relaxed is crucial. Breathe deeply, focus on yourself and the moment. Tell yourself it is just a blip, and you can cope with it. Remember, that one of the key factors for success is flexibility. You must be open to change. Even unexpected change! Take time out to do something else if you can. Perhaps listen to calming music or take a walk. Exercise releases endorphins and makes you feel good. Consider doing meditation, yoga, tai chi, or self-hypnosis. Persevere You are in this for the end game. You are not a quitter as quitters don’t win. At the start of your journey to creating a new success habit create a positive affirmation to use for exactly a situation like this. That way when something unexpected happens you can use it to reinforce your determination and focus ensuring that you solve the problem and continue towards achieving your goal. Actively Seek New Opportunities When something happens that puts a wrench in the works and causes you to derail, take the opportunity to learn from it. Is there something that needs to change or be done to get your plans back on track?
Re-evaluating your plans and strategies along the way is an important part of goal setting. Remember your plans should not be rigid and nor should your end goal. Are you still on the right path or is there something that needs to be changed? Dream Whether you think of it as dreaming or visualizing keep your goal in sight. Your journey to creating success and new habits started with a dream and you need to keep that in your mind.
Visualize yourself living the life you are working to create. See yourself using your new success habits to help you plan and create a new future for yourself.
Remembering what you are working for will help you stay committed, focused, and acting.
There will be times on your journey to success that you stumble or fall. It is essential to remember that these are temporary setbacks. Your attitude towards how you deal with them will be the key to whether you succeed or fail.