Every time you achieve a goal you should do three things:
1. Celebrate and/or reward yourself. Great managers, great parents and great animal trainers all have one thing in common: They all know how to continually get their "people" (employees, children or animals, respectively), to repeat the behaviors they desire. They do it by rewarding the behaviors they want more of ("giving the dog a bone.") You should do the same thing -reinforce your success by rewarding yourself. Did you have a great week of dieting and training? If so, go out and splurge! Have a "cheat meal." Eat some pizza. Treat yourself. Pamper yourself. Take a trip. Get a massage. Go shopping. Buy yourself something you've always wanted. And don't feel guilty when you really deserve it!
2. Keep a list of your achieved goals. It's been said that success breeds more success. That's why you should start a "collection" of all your successes. You will reach many, many small goals on your way to your ultimate goal. Write all of them down on an "achieved goal list." Any time you feel your motivation or enthusiasm flagging, go back and read your list of past successes. This is a sure fire way to lift your spirits when you're feeling discouraged. Even after a few short months, you'll absolutely amaze yourself at how big your list will become and how easily you can get motivated by reflecting on your past successes.
3. Set new goals continually. Goal setting never stops - it's an ongoing process. In truth, there never really is an ultimate goal because if there were, and you reached it, what then? When the day arrives that you no longer have any goals, your life ceases to have meaning. Success is traveling towards the goal, not the goal itself. Anthony Robbins wrote in Unleash the Power Within, "The only true security in life comes from knowing that every single day you are improving yourself in some way - that you are increasing the caliber of who you are. I don't ever worry about maintaining the quality of my life, because every day I work on improving it."
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