It has happened again! I get on a streak, working every day towards my goals, and then boom! I stop.
It is so frustrating! And it’s so normal.
It happens to everyone. We set out on a path, game plan in hand, with a great intention to achieve something great. We go along beautifully, and then we fall off track.
What usually follows is frustration, confusion, and that lovely critical voice in our heads that tells us we should be doing more. Ugh.
We might even try convincing ourselves that we didn’t want our goal in the first place. “It’s fine, I don’t really need to lose 10lb”, “My job isn’t so bad, I probably won’t really be happy owning my own business anyway”, or some version of this. This can keep us stuck for a very long time and we may end up with regret.
Why is it so difficult to get going again?
From an energetic perspective, inertia is level 1 energy. It is the lowest level of energy, and it is accompanied by stagnation, resignation, and sometimes even depression. Shifting to a higher level, more productive energy is not easy.
Just as it takes a lot more energy to get an airplane into the air than to stay in the air, it is a lot easier for us to be in action once we are already in action.
The good news is that restarting can be accomplished. You can shift your energy and start again.
It takes a choice and a plan. Every day is an opportunity to start again, until it isn’t.
5 Steps to Gear Up for a Restart
- Decide what you REALLY want.
Inquire deep within for this answer. Your mind may be laden with inertia and self-preservation, so ‘thinking’ about it may not be useful. Use meditation, quiet walks, yoga, or whatever helps you connect to your higher self.
Is this the right path for you? Do you still want that goal? What is your vision of your future?
There is no point in restarting a journey that is not right for you, so this is worth exploring.
- What is the next first step?
Don’t worry about the huge list of things there is to do, learn, or create. What is the one next action you could take? Doing one thing at a time is all it takes. Is it making a phone call, submitting a résumé, or listening to a webinar? Pick something.
- Consistency is key.
Develop a habit to make progress every day. If you take three small steps towards your goal every day, in a year you will have done over 1000 actionable steps towards success.
The work needed to reach an end goal can be overwhelming and if you focus on a huge task list, it is too much. Focus on what’s immediately in front of you and allow the process to evolve. Follow the path and allow the journey to unfold organically as you go. You may end up creating something even better than what you intended.
What do you need to hold yourself accountable? We are all different in this regard, and having something in place is important. Is it an accountability buddy that you report to, a detailed calendar system, or perhaps self-selected deadlines? There is no right or wrong here, as long as you keep moving forward.
- Acknowledgment and Celebration
It is VERY important to take time to celebrate your progress and wins. It is easy to focus only on what you have not done and ignore everything you have accomplished. This sets you up for disappointment.
Keep a journal and note everything you do towards your goal. Being present to your progress will help keep your momentum going and will help you experience a higher level of energy. Later, if self-doubt sets in, you can look back and see how far you’ve come.
Message me and tell me… What are you going to start again?
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