Coaches Corner: Staying on Course

By Rebecca Johnson, CPOT, COE, Executive Director GPN™

Everyone struggles with staying motivated and reaching their goals. Just look at how many people go on diets, lose weight, and then gain it back again!

The reality is that refocusing, changing, or making a new start on something, no matter how small, is a big deal. But it’s not impossible. With the right approach, you can definitely do it.

How do you stay motivated and on track with your goal? It all comes down to good planning, realistic expectations, and a stick-to-it attitude. Staying engaged can be hard, especially when things are not going your way or you feel bored. Some people get into a habit of quitting when “the going gets tough.” Don’t be one of them!

Staying engaged means not quitting.

Did you know that Thomas Edison failed more than 1,000 times when trying to create the light bulb? What if he quit on the 999th time he tried and failed? We may be reading books by candlelight. Edison did not have a habit of quitting; instead he had a habit of seeing something to the end. In fact, when he was questioned about the number of times

he failed, Edison said, “I have not failed 1,000 times. I have successfully discovered 1,000 ways to NOT make a light bulb.”

The good news … You can control your habits. You are stronger than your habits.

Try this: Cross your arms. Now, uncross them and cross them the opposite way. How does it feel? Kind of weird or different? The truth is that if you crossed your arms the opposite way of how you usually cross them, in just 30 days it would not feel strange. In fact, you would not have to think about it, as it would now be a habit.