New Year, New Goals, New Dreams

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How the year twenty-twelve has slipped by so quickly!  It almost seems like yesterday I penned the New Year post of 2012.  The beginning of a year always provides me with a beautiful time to reflect and ponder the last year, filled with its challenges and successes, delights and triumphs!  I can certainly testify his year past has certainly been more than amazing.

We are almost a week into the year of 2013 already!  If you haven’t done so already now is the perfect time to pull out your 2013 journal and jot down some of your dreams and ambitions for the New Year.  If you are lucky enough to still be enjoying the holiday season or gradually easing your way back into the normal week-day routine, take a little time out to dream and plan for the year ahead.  It would be rather familiar to my readers that the beginning of each new year brings a level of excitement and eagerness to me.   I admit, there is a certain thrill of anticipating the unknown adventure that lays ahead.

Here are a few thoughts to ponder on as new goals and dreams are outlined. . .

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It’s about loving it.  No longer should your ‘get fit’ goals be about exercising because you hate the way you lookWhy not change your perspective to ‘I care about my health so I’ll put an exercise plan in place’.  Make your goals enjoyable and fun!

Commitment creates change. Without a level of commitment and desire to accomplish the goals you have set, you’ll soon find yourself, mid-January slipping into 2012’s old rut.  Generate reasons that you need to commit.  Why not write a list of reasons why you have created this goal?  Progression takes places when we focus on the positives.

Expect to slip-up.  We’ve all been there and miss a couple of days at the gym, over-indulged on ice-cream too many times in one week but does slipping up make you a failure?  Setting your goals, then accomplishing them in perfect order without failure is to some, success.  However, successful people include failure into their success plan.  Each failure gives to time to adopt a growth-mindset.  Rome was never built in a day and your new diet isn’t going to work perfectly the first time its tested.  The main goal, is to get back on the horse when you’ve slipped up.  Learn from your failure.  Maybe make a few adjustments to the original goal to minimize similar slip-ups.

Celebrate success! When a goal has been reached – be it big or small give yourself a pat on the back or indulge in a little pampering.  Reinforcement helps you keep on track!  Chart your progress so you can measure your progress and be patient!

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Be Adventerous

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Life, as I know it, is an adventure in and of itself.  Without risking adventure and accepting new challenges life would not be the exciting journey that it is. One should never be limited by being too young, being too old, being single or in a relationship.  Or being restricted by the figures in your bank balance.  Don’t even to wait for a better time or or a more suitable location.

You don’t need endless time and perfect conditions. Do it now. Do it today. Do it for twenty minutes and watch your heart start beating.
-Barbara Sher

If your life is anything less than interesting and inspiring not only to yourself but to others – you’re doing something wrong.  I love the quote by Eleanor Roosevelt which, quite simply, summarizes the purpose of an adventurous lifestyle. “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

Throwing yourself out there. Have you dreamed of doing something for years?  Have you always wanted to complete a task or goal but never quite had enough courage to get out there and do it?  Break down the reasons as to what lies between you dreaming and actually doing.  The range of choices and adventurous is at your disposal.

You are only limited by your dreams and imagination.  What’s holding you back?  Your job?  Your friends?  Your location?  Perhaps its time to take a bold approach and talk to your boss about more flexible hours or an earlier start and finish.  Are you friends restricting you with their philosophy of what like should be about?  Are the habits which they possess influencing you for the better or worse?  If its the latter, now is the time to go solo and create new friends.  Despite popular cultural thinking, you don’t need a ton of friends to feel loved and appreciated.  One or two close companions can bring more joy and happiness that a handful of individuals who don’t know the real you.  Your location, be it Tokyo’s Shibuya or in the middle of Hanks, North Dakota there are always options for taking on an new adventure.  Don’t allow your location or situation to starve you from a fascinating  lifestyle!

Try something new.  Are you in a routine rut?  Despite the fact that routines are a very positive and beneficial exercise, being in a non-flexible routine can have the opposite effect and can actually be more damaging than helpful.  Try mixing up your daily routine by driving to work a different way.  Eat breakfast on the porch in summertime instead of by the breakfast bar.  Enjoy an evening walk instead of the traditional morning routine.  Today, I decided to add a little adventure into a normal weekday’s evening meal.  Instead of eating dinner at home around the table as usual, I wrapped up our mashed potato and sausages in foil, packed them in our picnic basket and drove done to the beach with my boyfriend for an impromptu weekend-style dinner in the middle of the week!  It was fun and relaxing at the same time and it added a little spice to the normality of a weekday.

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Need some more inspiration to get you started?

You know that little local town you’ve been meaning to explore? Explore it.

Learn a new language with your significant other and speak it at home

Buy an amazing new cookbook and try recipes from it for a week

Order something different than “the usual” at your favourite cafe

Explore a bit of the city you’re in on your next business trip

Join Toastmasters, and learn the art of public speaking

Smile and say ‘hello’ as you pass people on the street

Try that new ethnic restaurant around the corner

Learn to play a new musical instrument

Train to run/walk a marathon

Change your haircut

Dare to dream

What’s your favourite everyday way to be adventurous?

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Happy New Year!

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I would like to wish all my readers a happy and safe 2008! I would like to thank the many of you who have commented on this blog, and shared your thoughts and ideas.

This year will bring many more interesting articles, that I hope will be of interest and help to you. Although due to our work load, this year, the articles will be a little more spasmodic than usual.