Joyful events bring happiness, love and laughter. Crisis and turmoil can bring on feelings of fear, panic, frustration or isolation that can easily spiral into worry as your life is thrown off track.
How do you get back on track? How do you stay focused and achieve your goals? You are on a life-changing journey and the actions you take determine the outcome you receive.
The one thing that is constant in life is change, so discover ways to deal with it.
Successful people have all experienced challenges and obstacles and they learn to overcome them and stay focused. Most people work towards achievement and being fulfilled. They utilize the resources they have to achieve their outcome. Excuses and reasons prevent people from getting what they want.
Here are 3 steps to stay on track and achieve your goals in times of crisis:
1. Avoid being comfortable with failure or struggles
When you get distracted what are your thoughts? Are you thinking you should give up or move forward?
Avoid thinking about the failure and struggles you or others have. When something happens figure out what needs to be done and what are the solutions to overcome it.
Many people focus on the problem and come up with excuses of why they can’t do something, or look to assign blame. Think about what you can control. Make sure what you think is the failure or struggle is within your control. If you can contribute to the solution and help – please do so. If it’s not your struggle to solve, then redirect your attention to where it should be, on your goals and desires. Realize goals and desires can be achieved, but timelines and journeys may have to change direction or new timelines set.
2. Control your emotions and behaviors
Negative emotions and behaviors keep you off the path of success and are unhealthy. Learn techniques to control your emotions and ensure that your self-talk is focused on solutions and actions that support you.
Negative emotions and behaviors blocks people’s ability. If you find you have fallen into a cycle of negativity, it’s time to snap out of it.
I teach “thought stoppage” which helps you stop the negative chatter and refocus your thoughts on more productive thinking. One way to do this is wear an elastic band or bracelet on your wrist that you can snap. When the negative thoughts enter your mind, snap your elastic and say a “focus and concentration” word or statement. Those words could be as simple as “stop”, “focus” or “move on”. The snap sends a single to the brain and the word helps you refocus.
3. Stay focused
Ask yourself “what am I going to focus on – solutions or problems?” Focus on thoughts and actions that move you towards your destiny. Focus on things that bring you joy and gratitude when struggles occur.
In every day, you can find one thing that is good and when struggles occur you have to search for those. Avoid the thoughts that make you feel you are being punished, and don’t get caught up in daily drama – as those become roadblocks. Success-oriented people see challenges as an opportunity for growth and they immediately look for the solutions. Your focus determines whether it’s the end or the beginning of your journey.
When life distracts you such as at times of crisis and you get temporarily off track – know that it’s within your power to overcome and get back on track.
Achieving goals is very rewarding and having the skills in place to do so is one of the keys. There is a lot of good in the world if you look for it and when you do it brightens your path along the way.
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