In order to make your goals a bit easier to achieve, set things up to either remove some barriers or add some barriers. Which one you do will depend on the goal.
For example, if your goal is to cut out junk food, then you’ll want to add extra steps in order to make it harder for the junk food to be eaten. One simple solution is to stop buying junk food. When you have it lying around, it’s easy to eat it. If you don’t have it lying around, you’ll have to get in your car, drive to the store, and buy it. These extra steps will create barriers in between you and the junk food.
If your goal has to do with motivating yourself to do something, then you’ll want to eliminate any barriers that are in the way.
For example, if you find it hard to go to the gym because it’s too cold to get out of bed, wear extra clothing while you sleep or keep your room warm with a heater.
If your goal is to eat healthier foods, buy healthy foods so when you’re hungry, it’s right there, ready for you to eat.
Often times, people will let the smallest obstacles prevent them from getting started on what they need to get done. Some students won’t study just because their textbook isn’t within arm’s reach. Some people will skip a workout because they can’t find matching socks.
If you discover these little barriers, make your life easier by planning ahead and eliminating them in advance. The simplest things can sometimes make a huge difference, especially during those moments when your mind is looking for every possible excuse not to take action.
Instead of leaving success up to how you happen to feel at the time you’re supposed to be taking action, figure out what normally stops you and eliminate those obstacles ahead of time if possible.