Traps to Avoid
Hundreds of different mental messages, including doubts and fears, will arise to discourage you from designing any goals and from sticking with them when
you hit your first temporary setback. Some of these messages might include:
* "I already tried this once, and it didn't work."
* "People are always trying to get me to set goals. I'll show them who's boss!"
* "What if I set a goal and then don't make it? I'll feel worse."
* "What if I do make it? Will people expect me to do it all the time?"
* "It's a waste of time to make plans. Nobody can predict the future. Just take whatever comes."
These messages are dangerous because each of them is partially true. Of course you can't predict the future. And people probably will expect more of you if they see you are a person who can achieve a goal. These messages can become self-defeating if you give them energy, but remember that they are only thoughts. Don't let them stop you. Keep moving ahead. The difference between a life of greatness and a life of mediocrity is that great people move beyond their limitations, while the mediocre sit around talking about them.
The online version of Dr. Travis' Wellness Inventory may be accessed at (www.WellPeople.com). The Wellness Inventory may also be licensed by coaches, health and wellness professionals, and organizations.