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Resolute About My Resolution!!!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE (albeit a little belated :))

And with the new year comes new beginnings – a chance to turn a new page, turn over a new leaf, be different, start over, achieve more etc. etc. etc. I am astonished this time of year to see how many negative comments there are about new year resolutions  – “they never last longer than 2 weeks anyway and then just make you feel guilty” is a common one and HOW SAD! Yes, I suppose the resolution that says “I am going to gym every day of the week for the rest of the year” is a little over the top, but what about resolutions that aim generally for better health, more fitness, more friends, happier lifestyle, less stress, achievement – oh the list can go on! Why be cynical about these?

So I guess my post here is about resolutions, or better put, goals – and how we can actually stick to them and achieve!

The first step is having the dream. Is it health, fitness, money, an entrepreneurial venture, a more fulfilling relationship – anything? We cant get anywhere without these and the start of a new year brings with it a certain type of freshness and inspiration so use it!

Now comes the important part – once you have your dream / idea you have to break it up into smaller, achievable goals. Yes, make a real plan of exactly how you are going to go about achieving it. This is absolutely vital and I think where most forgotten and discarded resolutions go – they were not clearly defined and there wasnt a quick enough sense of achievement to provide incentive. You know how it is – go on a diet and lose a kilo, suddenly you are way more motivated to continue eating dry provitas than last week. Lose another kilo and you”re happy to eat just salad 🙂 that’s how results / achievements motivate us. So in the same sense, break your dream up into smaller chunks that are then set as achievable goals.

An example: Ok imagine Sue’s dream is to be more fit. Thats great! Now, what does that mean? Will she be competing in triathlons? or does she simplywant to be able to walk up the hill without losing her breath? She decides that “being more fit” means a triathlon and she has 7 months to achieve this. Now she asks herself what she needs to do to get there – join a running club, start cycling and do some swimming at the gym. She might even say that by the end of March she would like to be able to swim 50 lengths without hesitation and cycle 5 kilometres easily. Now she will break it down even further and ask herself how she will go about achieving that – here she might set a very specific training schedule in order to achieve it. In this way she can monitor her success week by week and see progress or areas that need improvement. The more she succeeds or gets closer to her dream, the more motivated she will be.

So, in the same way, you want to take your resolution / goal / dream and make sure that you have set some clearly defined and achievable steps in getting there. Your smaller goals need to be within a time frame to add a little healthy pressure and make them measurable so that you are better able to gauge your successes.

As you achieve each little success – give yourself a well deserved pat on the back – be proud, reward and then move on to the next step knowing you can do it! Thats the recipe right there and its really simple.

It’s a new year, there is absolutely NO reason why you shouldnt be able to start afresh and achieve your successes. I plan on achieving mine 😉 and I know you can achieve yours!

Till next time remember:

Success is the progressive realization of predetermined, worthwhile, personal goals.
Paul J. Meyer

Spring’s Inspiration

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Hey all.. Wow it has been a long time since I added to the blog. I guess Winter with it’s late sunrises and early darkness got the better of me and fueled my laziness. But lo and behold, we have woken up for 5 days in a row with beautiful sun, warm days and the sun is setting a little later every day.

With this, it seems, there is a new buzz in the air. A new kind of energy. The last long haul of the year 2011.

Suddenly we have kicked in with our exercise regimes, we are trying to eat healthier, meet dead lines, take on new projects and generally finish off things before the end of the year hits us…and ladies and gentlemen – it is upon us. I even saw an advert for Christmas the other day!!! With all this happening I am also asking myself how to make the best of this new found inspiration to lose the winter weight, or aim for the last bit of success the year has to offer. You know how it is – we start a project with gusto and enthusiasm – determined to make it a success, only to lose that touch of inspiration somewhere not too far along the way. So how do we maintain it? How do we ride this new “spring energy” right into the middle of summer???

A good question indeed. And here are my thoughts on the issue. WRITE IT ALL DOWN!

Yep, this is the new motivation system folks. If you write it down you have already spent more energy invested in your goal than if you only spend fleeting seconds pondering it. Writing it down – making a list of the things you want to achieve, the goals you have set – makes them tangible and real in the world. Especially if you then put them up somewhere where you can see them every day. The next step is to think quite carefully about the steps needed in attaining the goal. So for example – if the goal is losing 5 kgs, then how do you plan to do this??? Maybe it is 3 x a week gym and joining weighless? Maybe its 5 x a week walking with a friend and cutting out the glass of wine every night 🙂 Either way, planning and writing down the steps to attaining your goals also makes the process run smoothly. Again, you want to have these “mini goals” (lets call them) up where you can see them so that you have a daily reminder about what you have set out to do. The bigger goals are now broken down into smaller, achievable steps – now there really is no excuse for not following through.

But what of the motivation you ask? Well, I am still working on this one. Its beginning to seem that the loss of inspiration is part of the human condition and my best counterattack to this is to find a “buddy” – find someone who will take on the task with you – if it’s quitting smoking, losing weight, finishing a project, taking on a new one – two energies are somehow always better than one. Finding support (and a little cheer leading team) can only be beneficial in the long run!

So here’s to enjoying the energy that Spring brings with it and wishing you all the best for the downhill journey toward 2012..

“Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.”
George Edward Woodberry