We all need reminders to keep ourselves on track with our goals. Keeping a written list of your goals helps; as does enlisting an exercise partner or reading a self-help book. Using quotes, bumper stickers and other signs that capture what you want to achieve are also good tools.
Another great example was in an article I read on the Happiness Project about living as if you had an audience. What a great idea! I don’t have children myself, but sometimes I do things that I know would make my parents proud, or things that will make my friends laugh. Thinking about what your children would say about your actions, or even imagining yourself in a newspaper headline is a great way to keep your actions and words on track.
If we all pretend that we’re on an episode of Candid Camera, I’m sure it could help us all act as we want to be instead of how we are at the moment. Each time we catch ourselves complaining, whining or being grumpy we can simply stop what we’re doing and act differently. Living my life as an example helps me imagine what would inspire others. Then when I have rough days and fall far from my expectations, I can remind myself of my goals and strive to live that way right now.