Motivational author and speaker Shawn Anderson is passionate about encouraging people to not give up on achieving 2017 resolutions and goals. “Unfortunately, the vision of what seemed possible on January 1 might not seem so easy to accomplish a month later,” shares Anderson, a former #1 ranked Amazon author. “Imagining what ‘our lives could be’ is a lot easier than the effort it takes to actually make them that way.”
Recognized for having interviewed hundreds of people who have re-defined their lives because they either chose to or had to, Anderson shares three secrets to stay on track with goals “before you completely give up.”
First, Anderson shares, “Stuff happens and you’ve probably created a few excuses for giving up and not going for it. No matter the excuse, stop yourself from believing your future will be the same as your present. Don’t let yourself slide back into living a life you don’t want to live. Instead, find a dependable accountability partner who is also passionate about creating change in his or her life. And then motivate each other not weekly, but daily.”
Second, Anderson reveals, “It’s impossible to reinvent yourself over night. Creating massive change just doesn’t happen that way. Think moving inches forward daily and not miles. Inches added together will soon turn into feet and then yards and then miles. Be patient, but persistent.”
Finally, Anderson states, “Don’t fall into the excuse trap that now is not the right time for you to keep going with a goal. Now is the time. Waiting for the perfect situation to unfold before we find the guts to make changes only prolongs our existence in a mediocre rut.” Anderson goes on, “Don’t wait for the stars to fall into perfect alignment. If things are not lining-up as you would like, get over it. Never stop creating the change you truly desire in your life.”
The author of six motivational books, including A Better Life: An Inspiring Story About Starting Over and Extra Mile America: Stories of Inspiration, Possibility and Purpose, Anderson is also the creator of “Extra Mile Day” – a day recognizing the capacity we each have to create positive change when we go the extra mile. On November 1, 2016, 560 mayors and cities made the unique declaration and recognized those in their local communities who were going the extra mile in volunteerism and service.
Anderson concludes, “Living a life that you love starts with making the decision to quit coasting. Life is fast and short, and the person who coasts is the person who will never experience the true potential of his or her life.”