So in the past, I have always talked about how we need steps to get to our goals, and from one goal to another, work towards our dreams... however, we still fail to grasp that and do not take the steps required to achieve our goals. How is it that we understand what steps we need to take, yet fail to follow through and work towards that?
It's because we lack the foundation that supports us to our goals. We do not have a system that pushes us forward. In order to achieve your goal, you need to change your environment to being able to support you instead of push you down. Friends family, house, finances... everything can either help or hurt you. The thing is, whether we truly understand it or not, there are things that will bring you closer to your goals, and there are things that will take you away from these goals. The little things that occur in your everyday life is your environment. Should your environment be supportive, you will have a higher chance of success in achieving your dreams. However, should your environment not be supportive, you may end up having a rough time taking steps towards your dreams.
In having an environment that not only allows us to push forward, but also pushes us, we create a system where we can only press on towards our goals. For example, should an individual want to become healthier, a simple way to create an environment that supports his or her goal would be to simply throw away unhealthy snacks that are in their homes. I always like to tell myself, "no temptation, no sin" and that's served me well when working towards my goals.
So how can we create an environment that would support us and help us get to our goal? Can we find a one size fits all solution to our problem? Well... unfortunately, there is no 'one size fits all' solution because we are all unique and react in different ways to various catalysts. However, I believe there could be a few guidelines that would help anyone create this self supported environment.
First of all, we can divide what is in our lives into two parts. First, there's the things that helps us or supports us towards our goal. Then, there's the things that prevents us from achieving our goals. It could be a habit, it could be a family member... it could be anything. In order to create this ideal environment that would support you, you have to add habits that supports you, take away habits that prevents you from achieving your goals. In order to do that, you must put away the material objects that would remind you of things that prevents you from progressing while adding material objects in your life that would encourage you to go towards your goal. If it's family, you need to insure that whatever they do, they ought to be supportive of you and your goals instead of being distant... or perhaps you need the space and need their distance in order for you to achieve your goals.
Basically, in order to achieve your goals and create an environment that supports you, it is IMPORTANT that you know yourself. The more you know about yourself and how you work, the more you can change the environment around you to support you as you take the steps towards your goals. As you find more about who you are and how you work, your strengths as well as your weaknesses, you can manipulate the things around you so that making the best choice becomes the only option.
Whether it be losing weight or acing a test, it's important that you have an environment that supports you. The more supportive the environment is, the easier it is to stay on the path towards your dreams. Create an environment that urges you to grow, that provides energy for you to push on, to support you in whatever way you need to get to where you want yourself to be.