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Aya Fubara Eneli

   Aya Fubara Eneli

“Oh my goodness, it’s the end of January already!” That was the reaction of the lady as she shook her head in what seemed to be utter dismay. I could relate to both her words and actions. 2017 seems to be moving a lot faster than I am. While I have made progress on some of my goals, there are some goals that are way behind schedule, and some I haven’t even begun and the first month of the year is over! Is the same true for you?

It is easy to never even get started as you seek to line things up perfectly. It is even easier to get off track and off task. Life happens. Emergencies occur. Fear sets in. Procrastination takes over. If you are off track from where you want to be, the following steps will help you get back on track so you can achieve your goals.

Take honest stock of where you are now. The truth, however painful it seems, is really your best friend and your first step in getting to where you want to be. If your goal pertains to your finances, figure out exactly what you owe, what you make and your exact net worth. If you have a weight, fitness or health related goal, get exact figures on where you currently stand. If your business is under-performing, get specifics about how much and in what categories. The clearer you are about your current position, the better you will be able to undertake the next step.

Review your original plan and make the necessary adjustments. You have most likely heard the saying, “Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.” What derailed your original plan in the first place? If you didn’t have a plan to begin with, then it is time to create one. If you did have a plan, based on the information gathered from the previous step, review your original plan for achieving your goal. What parts of the plan still make sense for you to implement? What parts need to be tweaked or changed altogether to improve the probability of achieving your goals?

Find an accountability partner. If you are having a hard time getting started or maintaining momentum, get a coach or an accountability partner. Many of us keep promises to others better than we keep our promises to ourselves. Having a person you meet with regularly to either work on your goals or give updates on your progress will always motivate you to achieve more than if you are working on your own. A coach can also help you identify when you begin to sabotage yourself.

Take the first step now. Have you ever talked yourself out of getting started? Perhaps, everything wasn’t in place like you envisioned, maybe you had just gotten so used to your old routines that you were having a hard time shifting gears. Even the Bible tells us that if we wait for all conditions to be favorable before we plant, then we never will. Get momentum by just getting started.

Visualize your success in concrete terms. Create the most vivid visual picture of you achieving your goal and refer to it as many times as you can daily. See yourself already succeeding at your goal. How does it feel? What does it look like? What pain does it eliminate? What joys does it bring? How is your life transformed? At one point in my life, I had a picture of Dana Torres’ abs right next to my bed. I wanted the same definition and I worked diligently till I felt I achieved that goal. When I set a goal to publish my book, I created a book cover with my book title and my picture. That book is now a best seller. Advertisers understand the power of visuals, that’s why they spend so much money on commercials that keep their visuals in front of us at all times. You can use the same science to your personal benefit.

Get back on track today and let 2017 be the best year you’ve ever experienced.

 Aya Fubara Eneli is a best-selling author, Christian Life Coach, Motivational Speaker and Attorney. Join Aya in the 90 Days to Your Abundant Life Coaching Series. For more information, visit www.ayaeneli.com, follow her on twitter @ayaeneli or e-mail her at info@ayaeneli.com.

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