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Meshell Baker is a Vision Mastery Strategist who runs with a higher purpose.
When she set a goal of living a healthier lifestyle, she designed a strategy that turned her goal into a higher purpose through creating a positive impact on others.
3 Methods To Achieving Your Goals
Meshell applied to run in the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon as a fundraiser for Team For Kids. Running for one of the 380+ official charity partners guarantees your entry into the marathon, so the commitment was an incentive to follow through on living a healthier lifestyle. Visit her official Team for Kids page to learn more about how it works and what she’s trying to raise.
Furthermore, Meshell decided to chronicle her training via Facebook Live videos while she’s working out. Many of us can’t imagine putting ourselves out there so publicly when we’re sweaty and out of breath. “That’s one of the problems… Caring so much about what other people think,” says Meshell. “You have to be willing to look like you!”
Talk about walking the walk. These training videos are honest, raw, and raise money for a good cause. They’ve helped her raise over $1400 to date and there are still 44 days to go. This public accountability method helps keep you committed to your goal. In fact, incentives and accountability are two effective ways to achieve behavior change you desire. As Thomas Oppong stated in his Medium.com article: “The American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) did a study on accountability and found that you have a 65% of completing a goal if you commit to someone. And if you have a specific accountability appointment with a person you’ve committed, you will increase your chance of success by up to 95%.”
On top of that, the power of purpose (like running for charitable causes) increases our well being overall. In a Psychology Today article, Steve Taylor, PhD, states that not feeling like we have a purpose “makes us more vulnerable to boredom, anxiety and depression… On the other hand, having a strong sense of purpose can have a powerful positive effect. When you have a sense of purpose, you never get up in the morning wondering what you’re going to do with yourself. When you’re ‘in purpose’ – that is, engaged with and working towards your purpose – life becomes easier, less complicated and stressful.”
What’s Holding You Back?
Amazing, right? With accountability, incentives, and purposeful outlets abounding thanks to technology, why are so many of us not achieving our goals? “Belief starts with your mind,” says Meshell. And she’s literally in the business of turning visions into reality with her coaching services. She’s a big believer in group sessions like her Journey To Joy 6-week program because group experiences create a “normalization effect” which helps you understand that you are not the only one in your situation (a belief that prevents you from moving forward). These women-only group sessions are extremely private and recorded on Zoom for members to turn to when needed in the future. “If you feel safe, you shed shame,” Meshell explains. In doing so, you turn your inner critic into your champion.
If you’d like to learn more about Meshell’s services and programs, visit her website MeshellRBaker.com.