An Easier Way To Accomplish Your 2020 Goals…Even During a Pandemic
Amidst the current chaos, everything seems backwards. What was once easy and automatic, such as a trip to the grocery store or hugging your friends, now takes conscious effort and consideration.
With the virus threatening the economy and public health, a vast majority of the global population is under some unfamiliar and unexpected stress and adapting day by day.
At the onset of all this, my go-to advice was to put the “heavy lifting” on hold. This wasn’t the time to tackle deep-rooted issues, past trauma or start a big project. Simplify, simplify, and settle into a schedule!
Understandably, people have lost their enthusiasm for their goals- their goals got lost in the shuffle when sh*t hit the fan. Obviously, don’t beat yourself up about that.
Things we’ve learned (hopefully):
Have a little self-compassion. This is big. This is new. There’s probably not one person who hasn’t been affected in some way. Let’s look at each other with compassion too.
And through all this, we’ve learned what we can and can’t control, humbling yet a powerful skill.
Maybe you learned about yourself during this time. Turns out Goldfish crackers are equivalent to my security blanket. Any info you gained can help accomplish your goals, except Goldfish crackers.
Finally, I discovered my anxiety increased at night before bed…when I craved goldfish crackers. So I went with it for a while, but not every night- I didn’t want to establish a full-blown Goldfish habit. I might end up tackling a kid for them. Instead, I’d alternate some nights with goldfish others with a guided meditation. Between the two, my nerves were on chill.
Goal achievement is playing around with what works and doesn’t work. I’m sure we all think we do this, but it’s unbelievable how many people use the same methods or do the same thing, hoping to get different results. Play around and experiment with yourself!
Time: was time weird for you the past couple months? Who got a dose of living day-by-day, whether that was catching up on coronavirus numbers or wondering where your next roll of toilet paper was coming from?
In life, goals get us excited about the future, but change happens day by day in the present moment. Maybe some of you got comfortable with present time.
Bloom where you are planted!
These are great lessons to take with us as we embark on our goals once more, sometime in the near future.
What happened to your 2020 goals?
Before all this started, people had high hopes for 2020. Who wants a redo?!
It’s May and it’s not too late. I want you to know, you can still accomplish your goals…easier.
Typically, when you have goals and desires you would think about them and plan to achieve them, consciously, meaning effort and willpower. Our conscious minds are in charge of things that we have to give effort to analyze and plan. But now, our conscious efforts are preoccupied with the new “normal” so it may feel like you don’t have the extra effort to expend right now, but you do.
The reason why goals seem insurmountable even on a good day, is because we’re working on them in the conscious, critical mind and this is about 12% of our mind-power. As soon as we give our conscious efforts to something else, we slip back into old habits rather than the new ones we need for goal achievement.
The conscious mind limits you in two ways.
One, you have a limited supply of how much effort you can expend, depending on all your other obligations. As Mark Manson, best-selling author, puts it: “We have a limited number of f*cks to give each day”. And studies show willpower isn’t sustainable either. There doesn’t need to be a pandemic for goals to go unrealized.
Secondly, the conscious mind limits you because it’s essentially ‘the critical mind’. It analyzes and judges everything you do so you’re sharing that space with your goals and desires. Yeah! terrible roommates!
Imagine, goals riding along with a critic in the driver’s seat. As you guessed, goals will take a backseat.
The conscious mind is useful for many things. When we’re faced with new info, we want to have a logical, reasoning critic on board.
The alternative is to use your subconscious to accomplish your goal.
Your subconscious is 88% of your mind-power. This means you have a greater chance at success using this powerful force! Only, you can’t force it.
One excellent way to influence your thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors to accomplish your goals is through hypnosis. While very effective, there are other ways to access your subconscious power.
You can automatically influence your thoughts and behavior by allowing and intending them to happen. Yes, it’s very possible to let good things come your way by intending them. Allowing and intending are subconscious words for “effort”.
Sort of like, ‘when love finds you’ and serendipitous opportunities land in your lap.
This may seem like manifesting or magical thinking, but my version is not as metaphysical or mysterious as that. Where some would say it’s the universe working on their behalf, I say it’s your subconscious.
Intention is powerful. If you get a message into your subconscious through intention, and set your intentions toward your goal, your subconscious dutifully works on the details.
[I like to set an intention to solve a problem. Rather than overthink it, I set the intention, let it go, and later when my stress levels are lower and I’m open and allowing, the answer comes.]
Your habits and automatic behavior make up your subconscious. So the goals you would normally use conscious effort and willpower to accomplish (maybe), can become integrated into the subconscious, making it much easier. This means your habits begin to reflect the habits necessary to accomplish your goals.
How to accomplish a goal during the pandemic:
* Keep a notepad or journal next to your bed. Each morning write down one thing you want (a goal/intention). Choose one specific goal at a time!
* Each evening, write 2-3 things you did that day toward your goal/intention. Find something, anything that related to your goal. At first you may have to think on it and that’s ok. It gets easier and easier because your habits begin to reflect your intended goal. As your goal integrates with your subconscious, your habits and automatic behavior are more easily accomplishing your goal than if you had to use conscious effort.
Your goal is to make 300k by May 2021:
Each day you write that (300k). Each evening you write what you did toward that goal. In the beginning it may be reading a personal development book related to your goal. Later it will be learning public speaking and boldly reaching out to people in your industry that you normally wouldn’t.
The purpose of this is to keep your intention fresh by writing it down in the morning. Wiring down the actions you took toward your goal builds the connection between your goal, your subconscious, and your everyday habits and automated behavior.
Your goal may not be 300k, but this is why they say success is a habit!