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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

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“And These Are a Few Of My Favourite Things”

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Just the other day I was standing on the patio waiting for a client when the garden service guy from the house across the road opened their garden gate only to unleash a very excited and enthusiastic Basset Hound. Yep – out she ran, ears flapping, totally in her element with her new found freedom. The garden guy tried desperately to get her back inside, but she wouldnt have any of it. It was quite a sight!
So while I was watching the struggle unfold across the road, and literally holding my sides laughing, I realised that Basset Hounds must be my all-time favourite animal!  The pure contradiction between the face and that  enthusiastically wagging tail just make me smile.

It was shortly after this incident, when hubby and I were in the midlands that I came across a little blue wooden tortoise with one of those bobbing heads at a local craft shop. Buying it, I stuck it on my dash board and spent the next hour or so continuously giggling at the smooth “everything-is-gonna-be-alright-mahn” bobbing of the tortoise’s head! Yep, I figured this would be the best “Calmette / Rescue” remedy for a bad day – just jump in the car, put on a good tune and watch that tortoise bob his head!

And thus my list of “top 5 things that make me happy” was born!

Along with the Basset Hound (I am still to acquire one of my very own instead of stealing glimpses of the cutie across the road) and the tortoise (which still bobs at me every day), I also have a ring tone that makes me giggle everytime I hear it (despite the blank stares I get when I, full of pride for my new found ring tone, show it to friends and family – they just dont get it.) To that list I have also added a favourite song and am still in search of my number 5.

The idea has been so infectious that my hubby has painted the patio blue and claimed the space was now in his “top 5 things that make me happy” list! He then acquired a “mario brothers” ring tone and added that to the list too. Let me just add that we are both humming the mario brothers soundtrack for the entire day after his phone rings! All this got me thinking that it would be a marvelous way of staying positive. I mean why not? Why not surround yourself with things that make you happy, things that make you giggle (even if no one else gets the joke)? In fact, the mere task of assembling the “top 5” list has been a fun adventure and I reckon it could do with a re-evaluation every 6 months or so –  well at least this way you would be forced to find new things that bring you joy!

So thats message of the day, friends – start assembling your “top 5 things that make me happy” list and fill your days with a giggle here, and a happy thought there. Its a great way to keep you smiling even when you feel that life is getting in the way! Go on, you deserve it!