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Strength-Based Success

We are reaching that time of the year when many people begin to struggle with their new year’s resolutions. Those lofty plans to get into the gym several times a week, eat a completely healthy diet, read more and engage more often socially are starting to slip. One of the main issues experienced by those who struggle with their resolutions is the goals that they set are typically too big to be accomplished in one step. Going from not exercising at all to a goal of going 5 times a week is a big stretch, and once you start to falter on that goal the disappointment at “failing” often causes such negative feelings that you just give up. Sound familiar?

One way to change this cycle is to focus on building on previous success rather than fixing some perceived large problem in your life. Consider ways that you have achieved goals in the past and how you might build upon that in the future. Make your goals more reasonable and achievable to promote positivity and confidence, rather than focusing on a larger goal that is so much harder to reach. Engage with supportive people in your life that will hold you accountable and remind you to celebrate your gains over time.

Starting with small steps towards a larger goal, celebrating each step along the way, and building upon previous success are all strategies to promote life change that will last. Focus on your strengths rather than your weaknesses and allow yourself to struggle and falter without believing that the end goal is out of reach. For more tips on how to reach your goals and stop self-sabotaging your resolutions, click the link below.

Original material found at” https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/your-awesome-career/202001/let-s-get-back-basics


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