It’s kind of a chicken and the egg thing.
Of course, you’ll be happier when you succeed at your goal. That is obvious. The sense of accomplishment, success, self-confidence, and happiness are the natural result of achieving a goal.
But when do they start?
For example too often, many people say, “When I lose those 30 pounds, I’ll be really happy.” That makes sense; after all, the sense of accomplishment, success, and achievement (let alone better health and more pride of appearance) will indeed generate a sense of happiness. But, does it happen the day you reach pound number 30? Maybe it’s at 20? How about 15? Dare I say it, is it one pound?
To be successful, it starts on day one.
Make a list of all the traits that someone who has achieved the goal you want would have upon achieving the goal. Some of those might include:
- Self Confidence
- Stressing less
- Being more optimistic
- Being more active
- Eating healthier
- Dressing differently
Then, instead of waiting until you’ve “arrived,” start acting and thinking like that person immediately.
Check your thoughts regularly. Watch your posture. Monitor your behaviors. Adjust when you’re not acting or thinking in that fashion.
The unavoidable result of doing that will be that you achieve your goal.
And as importantly, the journey there will be much more fun than waiting to feel good when you get there.
If you’re on Facebook – there is a one question poll on this topic on this page.