New year, reaching your new goals.

Do you struggle with reaching your goals? You've probably set some lofty goals for yourself. In years past, were you always successful in reaching those goals? Sadly, the data shows that more than half of you will say no. Most people will have given up on their goals within just 2 months or less.

Trust is hard.

Don’t despair. You are not alone. It is something that many people experience and find difficult to overcome. When you lose trust in others, you lose trust in yourself.

To help you overcome this problem, you need to focus on key aspects of trust. The first is to have faith in your accomplishments. If you pass off your accomplishments as not being that important, when you need to rely on them, they won’t be there for you. That is sure to interrupt trusting yourself.

Five things you can do differently to reach your goals:

  1. Lean on people.

    If you open yourself up to letting others into your life, you find you become more trusting of yourself. Whether you like it or not, you need other people. You can’t know everything there is to know about every subject. Use the strengths of others to supplement what you know. Then it will take the burden away from you to do everything. That will help open the possibilities to put trust in yourself.

  2. Trust your instincts.

    You won’t always be right, but you will be more often than not. An instinct is something you feel strongly about and does not come only from experiences. They come from something internal that no one can truly explain. It’s part of that inner voice that is telling you what to do. You need only listen. How many times have you said to yourself that you should have listened to your instincts?

  3. Take a leap of faith.

    Take some chances. You want to be smart regarding the risks of your choices; you don’t want to over-analyze every decision you make. If you do, you will make no decisions, and you will stagnate. It’s true that not everything will work out the way you plan but, you will never know unless you try. The good news is when you are ready to try, many of your decisions will work for you.

  4. Filter out the negative.

    You get bombarded with this throughout your life. It occurs every day in the news, at work, and most times, your home. The more you learn to focus on positivity in your life, the easier it will be to trust yourself. A good first step towards this goal is to avoid negative people. They work hard to bring you down.

  5. Don't give up on reaching your goals.

    How can you make this work for you? Take small, actionable steps, and don't sweat the small stuff. If you miss a day, break a rule or go “off the wagon”. Just pick right back up the very next moment, day, or encounter that makes sense. Look back on your “why” and remind yourself that one slip doesn't mean you have to quit. Keep going and there will be more and more time between the slips. Before you know it, you'll be reaching your goals.

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