This week in my Achieving Goals Series I am focusing on assessing and understanding your emotions. The third Principle in my 8 Effect Goal Setting Model is Emotional Resilience. The definition of Emotional Resilience is handling emotions, staying in the present, and letting go of the past and this includes old thinking and behaviors that do not align with the goal. To sustain the goal one must assess and understand emotions.
Throughout the goal setting process, you may come across old thinking patterns and behaviors that prevented you from achieving goals. By becoming aware of how you respond to a person or situation (which I will call a stimuli and stressor), you can correct your response to that event or person by letting go of past unhelpful thinking patterns that are holding you back.
In the 8 Effect Exercise, your role is to complete the sentence using your own words to help you understand the principle. During the 8 Effect exercise remember to:
- Be Present.
- Reflect on what it will feel like to achieve your goal using a positive emotion.
- Reflect on what it will look like to achieve your goal.
Use your 8 Effect Exercise when you become stuck and are no longer moving towards your goal. Effective use of your 8 Effect will help you rewire your desires to achieve your goals when intention is not enough.
Example of a financial goal using The 8 Effect Exercise. Remember as you start to build your emotional resilience, you start to control you life and are less reactive to stressors.
My emotions control my ability to stop spending.
Today I release an old relationship with money.
Below is your 8 Effect Exercise for Emotional Resilience.
My emotions are control my _________ ________ ______.
Today I release ______ _____ _______ _______ ________.