Monday, January 14, 2019

Realizing Your Goals in 2019 with Zumba™ Fitness Instructor Teryck Coles

We’ve finally made it! A new year is upon us and many of us are ready to start things anew. Whether you create resolutions, goals, or a vision board for the new year, one thing is certain: we need to CLEARLY REALIZE those dreams. Let’s unpack what that means. So many of us (yes, I’m speaking to you too) merely THINK about what we want. We create a list of things we want to accomplish in our mind, then quickly forget them within the first week of the new year as we return to a sense of normalcy after the festivity of the holidays. When we do this, our thoughts transition into wasted ideas and never come to fruition. 

So, what's next? Some of us take things a little further and take the time to write our goals out on paper. This is a GREAT step in actualizing goals! When we write things down—particularly by hand—we connect with the goal in a much stronger manner.  We’re thinking it, we’re writing it, we’re seeing it: the desire to commit to the goal is created here. However....
  • How many of us find that we tuck that piece of paper away somewhere? 
  • How many of us close the notebook and set it aside? How many of us find that we transition at this point back to
    our former selves and continue with old routines? 
So, now what? 
  • How do we vision forward to realize and actualize our goals? 
Well, we start with all of the former steps of thinking them out, writing them out, and reading/speaking them out loud. The next best step is to place your goals in a place where you will see them EVERY day; when we see something daily, we have a greater likelihood of achieving those goals. It’s always a great idea to write goals out in present tense. Rather than writing, “I will” or “I want to”, we can write “I am”—this creates within us the feeling of actively completing goals. 

Also, we should rid ourselves of the “go with the flow” mentality. I’ve heard many people (including myself) say to others, “Oh! I’m just going to go with the flow this year”. This can cause us to sabotage our own goals. What do I mean? “Going with the flow” means we’re taking whatever opportunities come our way—even opportunities that do not support or align with our own vision. These random opportunities can easily cause us to stray from our path. 

Think of it this way: Scent hounds have a very specific job—to pursue scents. When released in a field to trail a scent, they feverishly work to track down the source of the scent. They are not deterred by anything else. Now, if they are NOT given a specific scent to follow and placed in the SAME field, what do you think they’ll do? Well, they’re dogs; they’ll run all over the place! 

So, in preparing for a new year and manifesting our vision for ourselves, we are going to: 
  • THINK about them; 
  • WRITE about them; 
  • SPEAK them out loud; 
  • POST them in an accessible space, and;
  • SEIZE/CREATE opportunities that align with and support our goals. 
Following these steps are a clear way of setting ourselves up for success in the coming year and actualizing our visions into reality. YOU CAN DO IT!

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