Women Over Fifty—Success In ‘08, Part II
By this stage of the game, many of us boomers have survived a number of self-improvement programs gone awry. Most likely, we have each experienced our share of diets, exercise regimes, and various other goal-setting activities. Many are abandoned quickly and only serve to ultimately dishearten and discourage us.
So, what makes the difference between success and failure? In the next several blogs, we’re going to cover the critical elements of creating an action plan that will keep you motivated and on track.
We started with attitude, which is the most important aspect of anything we do. The great Napoleon Hill taught his legions of followers, “Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” More recently both the book and the DVD, The Secret, have had phenomenal success teaching this very principle—the law of attraction. So, it is up to each of us to examine our attitude and our focus, and to harness the universal power of attraction to inspire our thoughts and drive our actions.
Another great teacher, Stephen Covey, adds a second critical element to successful goal attainment. In The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People, he suggests that we “begin with the end in mind.” It is by targeting our desired outcome, focusing on it, and working backwards to design small, achievable steps that we are able to manifest what we want.
Here is a practical example of this goal setting strategy. And, many of us boomers can relate to it—especially in January. The number one goal of most New Years’ resolutions is to lose weight. Let’s use Covey’s principle and say that we want to lose five pounds by the end of the month. This means that we have approximately three weeks to meet our goal.
Our plan would look something like this:
January 31—minus 5 pounds
January 25—minus 4 pounds
January 18—minus 2 pounds
By beginning with the end in mind and breaking the larger goal down into smaller steps that can be monitored and benchmarked, we can focus our actions and keep ourselves motivated and moving forward.