When you’re moving forward, it’s so helpful to acknowledge little changes along the way — no matter what you’re doing. Otherwise, it’s too easy to get discouraged. Or you feel like you have to scold yourself to keep moving.
I think that’s why people turn to the “boot camp” approach of staying motivated. All they can see is how far they have to go, and then when they get there, there’s always something else looming ahead. If you’ve read my posts about self-blame, you know I think that scold-yourself approach is a poor choice. Maybe it works in the short term, but it makes you feel bad. And I always vote no on feeling bad.
Here’s what you can do instead to recognize advances you’re making:
- Remember where you started from. Focusing on your endpoint is absolutely necessary to getting there. But that doesn’t mean you have to forget where the trip began.
- Take a regular look at how far you’ve come from the beginning, and the progress you’ve made in the last month, in the last week, in the last 24 hours.
- Enlist some help. Ask people close to you what they see. If you’re in the habit of blowing off compliments and minimizing progress, get some assistance from friends, partners and business buddies. Oh – and be sure to pick supportive people to help you.
- Write down the changes you see. It doesn’t have to a big time-sucking deal. Just type or write short progress notes that you keep in one spot. Committing to paper makes it more real. Your subconscious gets the positive impact of you taking the physical action to record it. Your brain is also absorbing the information through your visual center – another plus. You’ll benefit from seeing changes much more by recording them than just thinking about them.
Create A New Habit
Make it a practice. I call it the Ta-Da List. As in Ta-DAhhhhh! It’s just as important as your to-do list. In fact, keeping a ta-da list keeps the to-do list from becoming some horrid monster that’s out to get you. Tie your practice to something you’re already doing every day: brushing your teeth at night, or planning your next day. It will only take a few minutes, but the payoff is huge.
When You’re Tapping
When you’re doing EFT, keeping track of changes is especially important. And asking help from other people is sometimes more critical when you’ve been tapping – either on your own or with a practitioner. Here’s why:
- Because of the nature of EFT, changes can be subtle, but still very powerful. They can sneak right by you unless you’re watching for them (or asking what other people see).
- Tapping can create fast, profound shifts. So after a session, it can actually feel like you’ve always felt the way you do right now. OK, it’s great to feel like that. But if you don’t remember where you started from, your investment of time, money and courage can feel like a waste.
Best Of All
And here’s my favorite thing about acknowledging progress: You’re creating your own history of success. You have a track record of making positive change .
Now when you take on a new project or challenge, you start with a lower level of fear and a higher level of optimism. Resistance is lower so it’s easier to get started. Your subconscious looks forward to more recognition by YOU for the progress you’re going to make. All of this pulls you forward in the direction you want to go. And makes it so much more fun and easy to get there. I love that!
So what do you think? Could this work for you? Leave a comment below.