We all want to achieve the goals that we envision. I mean, if we didn’t, why would we go through all the pomp and circumstance of setting them?
But, here’s the thing. Even though we really want to achieve a goal, sometimes the strategy we’re using just isn’t working. If we fail to realize that, we can fall victim to a vicious cycle that results in a ‘zero sum return.’ It’s the worst kind of personal investment. It’s also called insanity–doing the same thing, yet hoping for a different result.
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If you want to break the cycle and produce real results, you need to stop doing the ‘same old stuff.’ Then, you’ve got to tweak your strategy for optimal results.
Here are three ways to break the cycle of sameness:
1. Pay attention to the results you are getting. If you set a goal to lose 50 pounds, but after three months you realize that you haven’t lost any, it would behoove you to ask yourself a critical question: What am I doing/not doing that has contributed to this result? Perhaps you aren’t working out regularly or rigorously enough. Maybe you can’t seem to pass that bakery without picking up a fresh chocolate croissant every morning. Whatever your particular situation, pay attention to the results. Outcomes are the gold standard for proving whether what you are doing is working or not.
2. Get out of your head. Who wants to be wrong or admit failure? No one. Especially when we know deep down inside that we’re really responsible for our own success or failure. Instead of being accountable to ourselves, we often overcompensate for our shortcomings, claiming that we’ve worked harder than we actually have. Instead of pandering to your ego, simply face the facts (whatever they are) and deal with them accordingly. Once you’re no longer providing a safe haven for mediocrity, you can make better decisions and take decisive action to achieve results.
3. Break the cycle of limiting beliefs. Ideas are given life only if fueled by the belief that they can be achieved. One of the reasons we find it difficult to move past pain points is because we don’t actually believe we are capable of achieving the desired outcome. And of course, our behavior naturally reflects this half-hearted commitment to results. Why not wipe the slate clean? Begin with new inspiration and the belief that you can achieve whatever you set your mind to. It doesn’t matter where you were before–you can change the game whenever you’re ready to step up to the plate.
Feeling like you are stuck and revolving in and out of intention? Break the cycle of sameness by using these three strategies to help you achieve more and greater. After all, what have you got to lose?
To your success!
Karima Mariama-Arthur, Esq. is the founder and CEO of WordSmithRapport, an international consulting firm specializing in professional development. Follow her on Twitter: @WSRapport or visit her website, WordSmithRapport.com.