Thank you for reading this week’s Operation Melt update.
Operation Melt started as a blog to share my personal transformation and weight loss story. After achieving success with that goal, Operation Melt has evolved into a platform to help inspire, motivate and equip people to achieve their own personal and professional goals so they can live their best lives.
I am trying to build a world where no goal ever dies of loneliness.
Goal Success by Choice
We can choose to be successful with our goals if we make the right daily choices, build the right habits and behaviors and adopt the right mindsets. Goal Success by Choice shares lessons about the choices we can make that can either move us closer to our goals or hold us back. I hope this post helps you get a little closer to crushing your goals.
Check Your Credit
What was a time this past week when you totally nailed it?
Was there a time when you were presented with a challenge and you were able to quickly rise to the occasion? A time when you used your past experiences and your talents to address the challenge with a good outcome?
What was a time of the past week when you totally blew it?
Was there a time when you didn’t do as well as you could have? Is there something that you know you need to work on and haven’t made the progress that you would have liked to have made?
Which of those two questions were you able to answer faster?
If you answered the negative question faster, you are in good company. The vast majority of people can more quickly identify the things that they aren’t doing well. We tend to focus on what isn’t going well and the problems that we need to solve.
Don’t get me wrong, it is important to know what we still want to achieve. This is the foundation of goal setting. We want to achieve x result and we aren’t there yet so we need to take steps to get there. But, an excessive focus on the things we haven’t accomplished takes a toll on our confidence and self-esteem.
Many of us forget to give ourselves credit for our wins along the way. We achieve things every day and then we just move on. We tell ourselves that our wins weren’t a big deal, that they were easy and that they aren’t worth celebrating.
That thinking is just flat wrong. Big wins and personal transformations don’t happen overnight. Big wins are simply a collection of small wins. Small steps add up. As the popular saying goes, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
If you focus exclusively on all the places where you aren’t succeeding, you will lose your motivation and you will stop short of your ultimate goal. We each owe it to ourselves to take credit for our small wins along the way. This will motivate you to achieve more and more small wins and then, like a success snowball, you will reach the finish line for your goals. You don’t need to fix yourself, you are killing it, your goal is just to go from good to great.
How Do You Check Your Credit?
Take a few minutes every day to reflect on some places where you had a win, no matter how small. Where did you accomplish something that few other people would have accomplished? Where were you able to do something today that you couldn’t have done just a year ago? Think carefully because there are more of these small wins than you would think and it is ok to err on the side of taking more credit than you think you deserve.
As you identify your daily wins, write them down. Keep a “wins log” in whatever tool works well for you.
At the end of your week, read through your wins log for the week. Let them sink in and let yourself be proud of these accomplishments. You are making great progress.
Finally, think about how you can build on those wins in the upcoming week and set some micro-goals for the week. How will you get closer to your ultimate goal in the upcoming week? What steps will you take to live your best life?
As you approach this week, don’t forget to check your credit.
Here are some other resources related to today’s post that you might want to read:
- Blog: Defects and Enhancements (11/22/2020)
- Blog: Silencing the Haters (8/16/2020)
- Blog: I’m Drawing the Line (8/2/2020)
- Blog: Competing on With Myself (2/16/2020)
- Week 32: I am killing it! (1/28/2018)
- Download: Top Lessons Learned from 2020
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