Did you achieve those goals you set at the start of last year?

Did you stick with your plan? Or did you get sidetracked once more and forget about the goals you wanted to achieve?

Like horses, your mind is a creature of habit. It likes routine. To achieve your goals you have to shake up your mind and get it out of its cozy safety zone to create the motivation you need to achieve the goals you set yourself.

Either you develop a habit for becoming and remaining motivated and successful or you maintain the same habits and things stay the same as they are now.

For things to change you have to remove the mental blocks that are keeping things the same.

So, what is your goal? What is it that you have been meaning to do but never got round to?

Here is something to try: write down all the reasons or excuses that you come up with for not doing what you wanted to do. Your list might look something like this:

  • I have too many things to do.
  • I do not have enough time.
  • It will take me too long.
  • I will start next week or month or whenever.
  • I’ll finish this thing first then I’ll start on the next thing.
  • No-one understands me.
  • I have to spend time with my children, family etc.

Is your list of excuses for not sticking with your plan longer than the original list of goals you set yourself?

What happens is that you talk yourself out of doing something – the most common excuse or valid reason is time… I did not have the time. Or I’ll do it later.

As you know, later never does come. Things do not get done. If you are not aware of what is going on then later usually becomes NEVER!

You have very likely formed the habit of rationalizing why you have not got round to doing something. You have created your own excuses and convinced yourself that they are true! For example, you keep telling yourself I do not have enough time. You repeat this for long enough for it to become true for you. This is why you do not achieve your goals.

“Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop this picture. Never think of yourself as failing; never doubt the reality of that succeeding mental image. The mind always tries to complete what it pictures.”  – The Power of Positive Thinking, by Norman Vincent Peale

The reason for not achieving your goals is not usually the lack of time. The usual reason is that you have bought into the excuse you have been making about not having enough time. You have convinced yourself you do not have enough time so you make sure you do not have enough time. You will indeed find other things to concentrate on instead of working towards your goals.

Now, break down how much time you spend commuting, working, cooking, doing homework with the children etc and find out just how much time you really do have left over each day.

If you invest just a few minutes a day working towards your goal then you will achieve more than if you do nothing. You have to re-school your mind and convince it that you do have enough time to get things done. Think of the reward of the result:

Remember: if you want something different, you have to DO something different.

In 2011:

  • Decide what you want to achieve.
  • Get rid of the excuses for not doing it.
  • Stop thinking about why you think you cannot achieve something and start thinking more about the end result.
  • Give your mind new instructions to help you stay motivated.
  • Keep telling yourself the reason why you want to achieve your goals!

When your mind tries to get you to give up ignore it. Push on regardless. Think how getting it done will improve your life.

The ultimate reason for setting goals is to entice you to become the person it takes to achieve them. – Jim Rohn

This year, put yourself in a shoe size bigger than you thought you could fill.

Enjoy your ride!


(Photo: Mittinger  www.babystorkz.com)

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One Response to Did you achieve those goals you set at the start of last year?

  1. Sue Tanzer says:

    Just dig deep and DO IT! Don’t give yourself an excuse for failure before you even have a go.
    2011 will be Elecktra’s year, you will watch her develop and reflect all the time you put into her. I rode my two year old today, she has not been ridden or done anything apart from general handling, since 20th November. She was a real star, I brushed her off, tacked her up, did a couple of basic “Richard pre-mounting exercises” and hopped on. She didn’t turn a hair! Hannes rode Henry (who is 19 today) and we went out for a short ride. Think positive and it will all work for you and your horses too.

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