Welcome to day 34. We are moving toward the end of the year and daily a lifestyle of consistency that’s going to make a difference to our growth, development and success in 2014. I’ve stated several times before that if you really want to start the New Year off with a bang, you can’t wait until you get to the New Year and then begin making changes toward the 12 months ahead. Why? Because mindsets and beliefs are the parents of our behaviours and actions and they take a while to form and be changed.
If you’ve been working on making small changes daily for the past 34 days, it’s much more likely that when you get to the New Year, you will have deliberately built some valuable habits to propel you toward your goals. But moving toward your goals is not enough. Once you start to build the new habits and behaviours, you have to stay focussed and keep as free from distraction as possible.
I’ve found when people are trying to make any valuable life change, there’s one thing that can cause them to lose focus just before they reach the finish line and that is the element of distraction. Either they allow competing life challenges to take them off course or they get so comfortable with the success they’ve made and relax a little too much and before they know it they’ve sabotaged all of the hard work they put in.
A classic example is someone trying to make healthy lifestyle changes. They get very near their target weight and think of celebrating their weight loss success with a treat of their favourite kind of cheesecake. Bad idea! One piece of cheesecake leads to another and then it’s down hill after that.
There can be so many things that come your way to take your focus off of the goal you’re trying to reach. The holiday season is upon us and it’s natural to want to take a break and give yourself a pat on the back for all of the hard work you’ve put in since you started this challenge.
But today I encourage you to keep your focus on the goal and dream you’ve been working so hard to reach. In the midst of the Christmas season, by all means enjoy all the festivities or whatever activities you normally get involved in. But keep a balance and remember Christmas is one day in the annual calendar. Your purpose is for the rest of your life. So keep your eye on the prize.
Feel free to drop me a line to let me know how the challenge is going for you. Even if you haven’t been following it and this is the first post that you’ve seen, your feedback is welcome also.
See you tomorrow.