Are obstacles to your progress holding you back in an area of your life? You are not alone.
Progress can get waylaid. We all get those phases in life. The best way to think of working through obstacles is that lovely phrase “Every storm will pass”.
Easier said than done was my answer of choice. Until… (Drum roll please) I realised there were some awesome ways to make my progress sky-rocket. Here’s to them helping you soar too.
What’s the end result?
The best place to start the process of living fully is to be very clear on your end aim. Also known as: Your vision.
Once you have that crystal clear, you can start working on progressing from where you are now to where you want to be. Stay with me, the ‘how’ is coming soon.
Milestones make the journey shorter
Breaking the end aim into three to five stepping stones (goals) will make the road ahead smoother.
You need some milestones though to measure your progress. Only heading in the direction of your goal is not enough. You will have to measure progress
First, work out if you are measuring the right goals. Nothing is as demoralising as measuring the wrong thing!
Getting your goals right is a matter of trial and error.
The key to living a fuller life
Balance is the ultimate key to achieving objectives and getting to grips with goals. To help you along here are five ways to help live a fuller life:
- Breath (or mindful practices).
Breathing is free and easy. You don’t need to do a 30-minute meditation, although it would be great if you could!
Mindfulness is more than ‘just meditation’. Building-in mindful practices at home, work or during the school run will help keep you focused.
One minute focussed on your breathing several times a day, can be practised anywhere. This will help reset your physiology and keep you calmer. The science backs it up too.
- Showing Gratitude daily.
Did you know that being humble is also being grounded? Yes, when we show gratitude we tend to be more connected to people around us. This in turn calms and restores your joy and makes you more resilient
Gratitude is more than just saying thank you. It’s noticing the beauty of nature, the changes in the people around you.
- Giving back to the source of inspiration: sharing is caring
We often forget the people who have inspired us. Always remember to quote or give credit to your source of inspiration. More people will appreciate you and what you do.
A random act of kindness to a stranger, forgiveness and showering kisses on loved ones… are all brilliant ways of giving back too.
The benefits: you feel rewarded. Which in turns releases all your ‘happy hormones’. And attracts even better opportunities to you.
Progress: A gift that keeps on giving (and receiving). Who has inspired you today and how have you given back to them?
- Challenge yourself in a realistic way
Quite often when we set our objectives and goals, we set the bar a little too high. Soon we get overwhelmed and then give up.
Remember to set realistic goals. Do one task properly before moving onto the next. To get the progress you are after, group similar tasks together.
Focus on your top 6 priorities each day and be realistic. That will help you be far more productive. You’ll get where you are going sooner.
- Celebrating success
I cannot express how important celebrating your success is. Through being aware of what is working, you are reinforcing one key element of progress:
You are doing better than you thought.
Go on, tot up everything that has gone well. Celebrate each one and notice how you feel.
Brilliant isn’t it?
Try these pointers out and come back to tell me how it’s working out for you. I love hearing your successes and…
… Sharing keeps you accountable.
Cheryl-lya is a Transition Strategist: helping women around the globe plan launch and grow successful sustainable businesses & careers. She is London based and runs workshops alongside one-to-one coaching. Contact her: call UK mobile 07527 303 911, or visit her website soulscompass.net Say ‘hello’ or share your joys via email: firstname.lastname@example.org