Inside all of our minds is a caveman. This caveman does things to survive. He wants to get the highest caloric food to store for famine. He wants to rest and conserve energy for that mammoth he is going to have to spear tomorrow. He wants to procreate with whatever mate he can find because who knows if there will be a tomorrow.
This caveman does not know we are living in times of plenty.
This is why it is hard to reach your goals. You have to deny that inner caveman and the physical urges he can produce in your body. You have to say no I’m putting my future goals above my current discomfort. Whatever it might be: losing weight, gaining muscle, saving money, or learning a skill. He is there to tell us: I deserve this splurge, just one piece of cake, or wouldn’t it be easier just to sit here and watch an entire season of Lost on Netflix. Know that you can retrain your mind, and like everything else you do this by repeating the actions you want to be in your life.
- Set your goals with hard definable benchmarks, start today, keeping your ultimate goals in mind. Write these down somewhere you can see or refer to easily. Financial Goal Example:
Today One Month Six Months One Year Five Years I will not buy anything I do not need. I will have read at least two financial guidebooks. I will have paid off, at least, one outstanding debt. I will have an emergency fund set up for at least two months of expenditures. I will no longer be stressing about money and will be consistently contributing to investments.
- Try to eliminate things that are counter to your goals from your life. Unsubscribe yourself from any email lists or magazines that might tempt you towards your old behaviors. Remove triggers from your home to the best of your ability. Try to rearrange social situations around something new if an old habit revolves around it.
- Surround yourself with the positive. Find people who are on your same journey both in life and on the internet. Make a friend with someone you find inspiring. Read success stories and absorb as much information on the topic as you can.
- Prepare yourself for the fact that you will stumble in your pursuits, and that falling does not mean that you have failed. No one is perfect, everyone struggles. It may be hard, but you just have to get up and just make a new today goal. Recovering and the drive to get back to business is even more important meeting your benchmarks.