5. Lose the Negative Thinking
One of the most powerful mental toughness tools is developing a world-class, positive self-talk. The words you say and think play a major role in your attitude and what you are capable of accomplishing. It’s estimated that 77% of the average person’s self-talk is negative.
Most New Year’s resolutions aren’t an easy or quick fix, and the difficulty involved usually leads to a party of negativity in your self-talk.
Begin monitoring everything you say to yourself and others. Ask yourself if your self-talk is programming you for success or failure?
6. Vision Boards Will Keep You Motivated
One of the best ways to accomplish a resolution or any goal for that matter is by creating a vision board. If you want to lose weight, for example, cut out pictures of really fit people and tape them on a poster board. Hang the vision board in a very visible location. This will reinforce the goals into your subconscious.
7. Where is Your Accountability?
One of the biggest problems is that most people have no means of accountability or a support system in place. Go after your goals with a partner who really makes you push yourself. Even better, find someone who has already accomplished what you are setting out after and have them coach you.
8. Put it in Writing
Write a letter and describe your life to a friend as if you haven’t seen them in a while. Detail the way you would want things to be in five years. Some people prefer one year, others like three years. It’s whatever motivates you the most. Read the letter every day and it will help keep you on track.
9. Forget About What Other People Think
Stop caring about what other people think of your goals. Psychologists call it “approval addiction” and once you overcome it to any significant degree, you are free of the psychological chains that bind most people from ever experiencing world-class success. In other words, live your life for you; not for somebody else.
10. It’s About Discipline Over Pleasure
Discipline is the watchword of great performers. Discipline makes the difference between the good and the great. It’s the ability to stay the course and complete promises you’ve made. It is a logic-based decision that performers adhere to, regardless of whether they feel like it or not. Discipline will push you past pain and punishment. The average person sees discipline as a painful chore to be avoided at all costs. The world class sees it as the ultimate power tool for performance.
11. Live in the Present but Focus on the Future
The average person often lives in the past, while champions look towards the future. Pros habitually focus on the present while creating their ultimate vision for, and landscape of, the future. This future orientation allows them to dream of grand visions and unlimited possibilities. It also keeps them motivated and moving forward by keeping the proverbial carrot out in front.
The bottom line: turning your resolutions into reality comes down to discipline, persistence and willpower. If you’re mentally tough enough, anything is possible.
Steve Siebold is author of the international bestselling book 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of The World Class. He is a mental toughness consultant to Fortune 500 Corporations such as Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline and Toyota.
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