We make plans and set goals almost everyday, but that is just short term change. How do we turn plans into habits and goals into culture?
Have you ever considered how much time is spent on planning and goal setting alone in the world? How many of your plans have turned into habits? What happens to most of us is that we think hard and we make a plan that will help us reach a goal, but only rarely do our plans become habits and it is sad to say but the majority of people do not reach most of the goals they set. Is that our fault? Not exactly.
We do our best to keep ourselves motivated and we do things to remind us of our goals whether it’s on a post-it note or motivational posters. These are great tools to help us keep our goals or plans occupying the space in our mind, but they do not create habits.
Here are few tips to help you convert plans into habits and goals into a success based culture:
You need to want to be better
This may seem obvious, but I am not talking about a passing want for improvement, but a deep belief and need to improve ourselves and our performance. If you don’t have this desire you can’t create long term change. Before moving on, reflect and find that desire.
Develop a habit of using The Fearless Mind Mental Strength Journal
The journal found in The Fearless Mind Resource Center was specifically designed by Dr Manning to help his athletes and clients facilitate long term change. Step 1 of the journal contains an area to record your daily objective (what you want to achieve). Step 2 gives you three slots to record your plans for the day. Three is the magic number. Too many plans will dilute your focus and only having one is boring. Step 3 & 4 of the journal give you the opportunity to evaluate what worked (your strengths) from the previous day and what needs improvement in the future. These steps will help you with the next tip to create long term change.
Word your plans/tasks extremely simple
When you have a plan that you want to develop into a habit it is important to make it into a “trigger” or “relevant cue”. Triggers and relevant cues are short phrases about 2-5 words that brings to mind a complex task. It is basically a way to shorten down a complex idea into a couple words.
An example of a complex task is observing the aspects of our life that are in our direct control and putting our energy into those aspects and not the ones we do not have control over. We can take this complex task and create the mental cue (or trigger) “control the controllable.” Now every time you need to be reminded to not waste your energy on something you have no control over all you have to say is: “control the controllable.”
What to do next:
For more information on relevant cues and developing a long term culture of success you can find videos on the topic in The Fearless Mind Resource Center. Along with the videos when you register as a member of The Fearless Mind Resource Center you will have unlimited access to Dr. Manning’s Mental Strength Journal. If you really are seeking to create long term change in your life and improve yourself mentally don’t wait to sign up to The Resource Center here and get the first 3 days for free as a trial period.
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