Just the Tips

  1.  Nurture an “opportunity” mindset.  Dig into problems/challenges and find the opportunity that is always there for all involved.

  2. Play Offense.  Stop relying on pure willpower to accomplish your goals.  If healthier eating is a goal, get all “junk” food out of your house and stop buying it.  Eat only at restaurants that have healthy options.  This applies to all goals. Instead of only thinking how to accomplish your goals; think about how to design your lifestyle for them.

  3. Incorporate intention into goal setting.  Intentions are connected to emotions, goals are      connected to action.  And it’s your emotions that will prompt your daily decision making.  What’s this intention/goal combo look like when there’s a desire to lose weight?  Intention example “I am healthy”.  Goal example “I will lose 10 lbs. in two months”.

  4. Build your “FIVE”.  To quote Jim Rohn— 'You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.’   The energy of those we surround ourselves with is contagious.  If you're surrounded by motivated individuals who love what they do, you’re likely to end up the same way.  If you surround yourself with negative thinkers trudging through the rat race, well….you get the picture.

  5. Focus on the journey, not the destination.  Life is a continuous growing process. It’s about experiences, growing, thoughts, emotions, feelings, beliefs, actions…it is a life’s work.  There is no goal or destination that changes that.  Embrace the journey.

  6. One step at a time.  If you want to make significant change in your life, the way to do it is by taking consistent, incremental steps forward.  Over time, these small, consistent steps add up to huge gains.

  7. Celebrate.  We can sometimes become so driven that sometimes we forget to be fully present or neglect to pause and celebrate milestones.  Additionally, we can get lost looking at what isn’t going well instead of celebrating what is going great.  Break free from this trap and celebrate your victories.  You woke up today, you’re alive…celebrate!  These celebrations not only create joy, you will build strength from them.

Andy Bates