Many people think they’ll be happy once they reach a particular goal such as losing weight, fitting into a smaller pair of jeans or finishing a triathlon. While there is good reason to be happy for any of the above, studies show that people who start out in a happier state to begin with are much more likely to achieve their goals than those who believe that deprivation and misery will mark the journey.
If you are working toward a wellness goal, make sure that you are doing things that you enjoy. If you hate running and oatmeal, don’t force yourself to run 20 miles a week and eat oatmeal every morning. There are plenty of options for exercise and diet and everyone should be able to find alternatives that will help them go the distance.
To stay positive throughout the day, spend a few minutes each morning visualizing how good you will look and feel once you’ve accomplished your goal. Also, make a list of small things that make you happy. If you feel fatigue setting in or are just having a bad day, take a time out and enjoy one of the activities so that you can keep your mind and body in a positive state. These activities can be simple pleasures such as an afternoon cup of tea, petting your neighbor’s dog or calling a friend.
Takeaway: For hundreds of ideas on reaching your goals, I recommend Caroline Adams Miller’s book “Creating Your Best Life: The Ultimate Life List Guide.” Caroline is a graduate of Harvard University and has a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Caroline’s advice is based upon proven science and the ideas work.