Updated: Jun 30, 2021
We're halfway through 2021. Did you set some goals for this year that you haven't thought about in a few months? Or maybe your year hasn't gone quite how you hoped and you're lagging behind where you wanted to be at this time.
That's okay! You can hit refresh and restart now. I think places opening up again being able to go places without a mask is definitely cause for a New Year style celebration! And along with that some new year goals.
If some of your goals are feeling out of reach or if you're feeling stuck and think you can't even try for the things you want, give this exercise a shot. It's called I Never Would Have Thought. I'll do it about me so you can see how it works.
In 1997 when I became a teen mom, I never would have thought that I would become a lawyer.
In 2012 when I got divorced and went back to work after five years as a stay-at-home mom, I never would have thought that in a few years I would be a nationally recognized expert in my field or that I would literally write the book and the certification course on the topic.
In 2017 when I was promoted to the top of my firm, what I believed was my dream job, I never would have thought that I was about to become so stressed and sick that I spent every night dreaming of quitting.
In 2019 even though I was stressed and sick and sobbing into my wine glass at night, I never would have thought that I would leave that job and start a new career as a coach.
I love this exercise because it challenges our current beliefs about ourselves.
You may be telling yourself right now that you can't do something you want to do. You may not think it's possible. But when you look back at all of the things you've done and accomplished that you never would have thought you could do, you see how capable you are when you decide to be.
Once you've completed this exercise for yourself, imagine you are the future version of you. What will you be adding to your I Never Would Have Thought list? Right now you might be saying I never would have thought I could do it. But the future you has already done it and is adding this year's big goal or change to your already amazing list.
Now that you believe it's possible, set the goal, break it down into an action plan with a time frame and tell yourself that you are capable of being the person who has done it.
This post was inspired by an episode of Master Coach Natalie Brown's Weight Loss Success podcast.
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