Identify your struggles

Identify Your Struggles

Yesterday I shared a personal story which identified my struggles from 2017.

And, today I’m going to review “Identify my struggles” from the Mindset Map (PDF).

In order to achieve your goals, the very first thing you must understand, about yourself, are the day-to-day struggles impacting your ability to think clearly and react to the world around you.

If you ignore this, you’re only making your ability to pursue goals more difficult to accomplish.

So, the first thing you have to do is identify your struggles.

What comes next?

Well, dig deep inside yourself and find the reason(s) why.

For example, if you struggle with money, ask yourself why?

Are you currently unemployed? Do you quit your jobs after working for a few weeks? Are you spending more than you save and accumulating a lot of debt? Do you spend your entire paycheck the moment it comes in?

The reason(s) why you struggle is going to be unique to you.

And, once you identify it, go deeper.

How does this make you feel?

If we stick with the example of money, there is likely going to be a series of emotional and physical impacts. You might be anxious because you don’t have enough money to pay your bills. You might feel ashamed for having nothing left in your bank account. Or, you might go through periods of depression because you are rejected at job interviews, recently fired, or can’t find any opporunties in your area.

Take note on how this makes you feel. Your emotional state has a significant impact on your overall well-being.

Anxiety and depression will cripple your ability to think, it will decapitate your creativity, and disrupt your social skills.

I’m being brief, however, the depth of these struggles can go so far as to lead to illness. Your emotions send signals throughout the body. Signals that your body responds to and leads to physical changes.

Your stress levels will rise, releasing excess amounts of cortisol through your blood. Your ability to sleep will be impacted by the amount of stress pumping throughout. Your brain is on high alert, searching for a threat that, may not be a jaguar preparing to pounce from a tree, but a mentalized threat that you believe is going to “harm” you. If this continues, your immune system can deteriorate and make you vulnerable to illness and disease.

Please, take this first step seriously.

Identify your struggles and, to the best of your ability, don’t forget to breathe.

Calm your mind.

You’re not going to achieve long-term, meaningful life goals if you’re in a constant state of panic and fear.

To help you identify your struggles, download the Milestone Map (PDF) and work through STEP 01.

Overcome Your Struggles & Achieve Your Goals:

That’s all for today. Tomorrow I’m going to share with you the goal I decided in great detail.

Until then!

Jef van de Graaf
Canadian Copywriter & World Traveler
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