goal setting: success secret #2

marry your mantra

Often, it is ourselves – not outside obstacles – that stand in the way of our goals. To combat these personal “roadblocks,” create a mantra for yourself that encourages positive behavior to keep you on track.

For example, if your goal is to fit into your little black dress for the high school reunion in two months, as you approach the grocery store aisle carrying your favorite flavor of Häagen-Dazs ice cream, recite your mantra, “That isn’t going to get me into my dress.” If you have trouble getting out of bed for your morning exercise classes, perhaps your mantra should be, “It may be hard to go, but I won't be sorry I went.”

Customize your mantra to be specific to your goals, but all-purpose enough to break through a variety of barriers to success. Good luck!