Step 2: Pivoting
If you’re in the business world right now, you’ve probably heard this word at least a million times, just like I have, and you’re probably a little bit sick of it.
But pivoting is exactly what we all need to be doing right now.
So what big goal have you changed since January 2020?
I’ll give you an example. At the beginning of 2020, I went to a personal development conference and I had this audacious goal to create this massive online university for confidence. I decided I was going to create this by the end of the first quarter. So during the first three months of 2020, needless to say, I had to pivot because COVID-19 came around. All of a sudden, we had this worldwide pandemic, everything shut down, and people became pretty tight with their finances.
I realized that I couldn’t start an online confidence university for women because that was not what people were needing.
At the beginning of 2020. I had no clue that I was going to be creating that product, but I had to pivot to work with our current situation
For you, it could be about a health goal. Maybe you’d decided you were going to lose 30 pounds in 2020, and then quarantine hit. And you’re like, well, shoot, that dessert sounded pretty good.
It’s okay. Give yourself some grace. It’s been a crazy tough year.
Instead, consider a smaller goal, like losing 15 pounds. No matter what, be proud of yourself.
When you have a goal that can’t or won’t be met, you need to fill it with something else, just like I did with my positive mindset program. If you did pivot and change a goal and you didn’t create another one, write one down right now. Just think to yourself, if it’s December, 2020, what is it that I would love to have accomplished?
If you did fill it, write down another goal that you would like to accomplish by the end of the year. Try to have three goals that you want to accomplish over the next six months.
Step 3: Visualization
Get in a comfortable position. Sit back in your chair, and close your eyes. Imagine that it’s December, 2020 and you’ve accomplished those three goals we’ve talked about above. You did the dang thing. You were persistent in the times that you didn’t want to be persistent. You stuck to it. You persevered. You have healthier relationships, you have more energy, you’re healthier, you’re more positive, and you’re living a life with more purpose. Maybe you landed that dream job, or you got a raise at work, whatever that looks like for you.
Now I want you to really sit with those feelings…
What are those feelings that you’re having? Are you proud of yourself? Are you happy? Are you accomplished? Are you grateful? Are you more energized? Are you living life with more purpose?
Open your eyes and write down the feelings that came to mind. Next write down the rewards and the benefits of these goals.
Step 4: Why Statement
Those feelings in the rewards and benefits are really what form your “why statement.” I want you to create a big why statement that is going to motivate you on those days that are the toughest.
Why do you want to be more positive? Why do you want to have more confidence? If you had more confidence, what could you do with it? I want you to think really deeply on this. That’s what’s going to drive you. That’s, what’s going to get you to December.
Put your why statement on sticky notes so that you see it every day.
When I was competing to win Miss Missouri USA, I visualized for four years straight that I was getting crowned, Miss Missouri USA. So I would sit there. I would meditate, close my eyes, and I would feel the sash being placed across my body. I would feel the crown being placed on my head. I would hear my name being called Miss Missouri USA, 2018, Tori Kruse. I would hear that and I would feel it. I would visualize it so hard that I would literally start crying.
By the time I actually got crowned, I didn’t even cry because it was like, I’ve been here before. And that’s what I want you to feel. By the end of this year, when those three goals are accomplished, you’re going to think, I’ve been here before. And you’re going to have so much pride and so much confidence.
Step 5: Habits
Habits are so important. What are some of the good habits that you’ve created in 2020?
Maybe you’ve decided to speak in a nicer way to yourself. Maybe you’ve stopped comparing yourself to others. Maybe you’ve eaten healthier or worked out a bit more. Maybe you’ve started a morning routine. Maybe you’ve started flossing your teeth…
Write down those good habits that you’ve created this year. Now take a moment and think of some habits that you would still like to create for the remainder of 2020.
Make a commitment to yourself today to eliminate bad habits and fill the space with good habits instead. When you want to create a new habit, stick with it for 21 days.
Step 6: Consistency
If you can stick with something for 21 days, it’ll become a habit. But you still have to be consistent to see the results that you want to see.
Whether it’s getting the right amount of sleep each night or exercising regularly for your health, you have to keep doing it. A great way to keep yourself accountable is with a checklist I’ve created. Click here to get it!
One daily habit I highly recommend is writing down at least five gratitudes a day. This practice sets your heart and your soul up for success. When you start to appreciate the smaller things in life, you realize how fortunate you truly are.