Create Energy; create your success in 2013!

I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas! Now you have finished of the turkey and eaten the selection boxes your thoughts naturally turn to the New Year 2013!  Its brand new and  full of possibilities, a fresh start, a renewed hope and drive for many of us but how to we keep that drive and energy throughout the year? Creating energy will see you reach your goals and achieve your dreams!

en·er·gy

/ˈenərjē/

Noun
  1. The strength and vitality required for sustained physical or mental activity.
  2. A feeling of possessing such strength and vitality.
Synonyms
power – vigour – vigor – vim – zip – strength – pep

energy is all around us

  • Energised people become a magnet for Success
  • People are truly fulfilled if they are full of energy and love what they are doing.
  • Your life is the Emotion you live in!

Are you doing everything with enthusiasm?

The way to increase are energy is to find lots of things to be enthusiastic about. Enthusiasm is an internal emotional state. We get good vibes by giving them – Being around people who exude positive energy is stimulating and inspiring. Good feelings are great energy boosters.

Science tells us that the universe vibrates with the same energy that created it in the first place. When we raise our level of consciousness and work in partnership with this energy, we live a blessed and magic life!

One of my beliefs (and please take it as your own!) is that I believe my life is guided by a force that gives me amazing energy.  This amazing energy is available to us each and every moment we choose.  When we connect with this, I believe we step into a larger arena  to play in. We become aware of signs and messages that leads us to our highest good. It is known as the Power of intention – where anything becomes possible. Open your eyes and your heart to a new way of looking at yourself and the world!

What we focus on, we get!

                   Where our focus goes, our energy flows!

 

http://tinybuddha.com/blog/on-creating-positive-energy-for-positive-change/ – a great blog post on Creating energy for positive change!

 

Please help me in 2013 and answer the following question in the comments below, I will be collecting your answers!
What phrases do you use to make people feel more comfortable, motivated, and appreciated?
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10 Tips for a happier, healthier life in 2013!

Sometimes in today’s hectic world we all need reminding of the simplicity that lies at the root of leading a happier healthier life, so print these tips of for a happier, healthier life in 2013!

happy, healthier life in 2012Go Primal

The best diet is simple; it is after all based on the foods we’ve been eating the longest in terms of our time on this planet. Foods that we have evolved to eat and are best adapted to. A ‘primal’ diet made up of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds as well as meat, fish and eggs is best for weight control and improving your general health.    Adapting a ‘primal’ outlook to your daily eating habits will enable you to cut through the marketing hype and dietary misinformation and allow you to make healthy food choices

Keep Hydrated!!!

Water makes up two thirds of the body and performs a plethora of essential functions.

It acts as a solvent, a carrier of nutrients, temperature regulator and a body detoxifier.  Aim to drink enough water to keep your urine a pale yellow colour throughout the day; doing this can have a profound effect on your vitality and energy levels, including mental alertness.

Eat mindfully

In our fast paced world we have a tendency to shovel in more food than we need in order to satiate the initial hunger pangs. Many of us would benefit from eating mindfully, some things to think about here are; avoid eating when distracted, eat slower and take time to taste and enjoy your food.

Get plenty of sunlight in the summer

The sun helps our body make vitamin D which is associated with a wide spectrum of benefits including a reduced risk of several forms of cancer, heart disease as well as improved immune function.        Vitamin D is made when our shadow is shorter than our body length, i.e. when the sun is high in the sky. While burning is to be avoided, get as much sunlight exposure as possible for optimum health.

…….meanwhile in the winter

We are all now familiar with SAD, seasonal associated depression; Low levels of sunlight in the winter months can cause our moods to darken. Wrap up warm and take in some of the winter sunlight.

Get enough sleep

Optimum levels of sleep are linked with reduced risk of chronic disease and improved longevity. One simple strategy to help ensure you sleep better and longer(approximately eight hours a night ) is to go to bed earlier, turn off the computer/television , aim to get to bed at a reasonable hour and relax for half an hour with a book or some soothing music

Walk more

Low impact exercise such as walking is associated with a variety of benefits for the body and brain, including reduced levels of anxiety.  Aim for a total of about 30 minutes of brisk walking every day, this can be broken up into shorter bouts throughout the day and maintain the same effect.

Engage in some resistance exercise

Resistance exercise helps to maintain muscle mass and strengthens the body. As we age it reduces the risk of disability and falls.  Most exercise can be done at home, sit ups, push ups and squats. It may be useful to invest in some dumbbells to extend your home work-out routine.

Practice random acts of kindness

Aim for one random act of kindness a day (with the new year this makes for a good resolution) simple acts such as giving up you seat on the bus, showing a fellow motorist some consideration, a quick call of text to someone you care about or have lost touch with or even surprising a loved one with a spontaneous bunch of flowers.

Relish in the art of appreciation

Modern day living tends be hugely inspirational and as a result, we can easily find ourselves chasing an ever growing list of goals, many of which can be material. Some of us could do with spending more time focusing, not on what we don’t have, but what we have! Our mood can be lifted by just taking time to give thanks for our blessings, such as friends, family or a beautiful sunset.

 

Please help me in 2013 and answer the following question in the comments below, I will be collecting your answers!

What phrases do you use to make people feel more comfortable, motivated, and appreciated?

Part 2 – Things Successful People Do Differently when achieving their Goals!

Hi welcome to Part 2 of my goal setting tips! Hopefully you can use these to set your goals in 2013! Make sure you check out Part 1 first!

#Focus on getting better, rather than being good.

Believing you have the ability to reach your goals is important, but so is believing you can get the ability. Many of us believe that our intelligence, our personality, and our physical aptitudes are fixed — that no matter what we do, we won’t improve. As a result, we focus on goals that are all about proving ourselves, rather than developing and acquiring new skills.

Fortunately, decades of research suggest that the belief in fixed ability is completely wrong — abilities of all kinds are profoundly malleable. Embracing the fact that you can change will allow you to make better choices, and reach your fullest potential. People whose goals are about getting better, rather than being good, take difficulty in stride, and appreciate the journey as much as the destination.

#Have grit.

Grit is a willingness to commit to long-term goals, and to persist in the face of difficulty. Studies show that gritty people obtain more education in their lifetime, and earn higher college GPAs. Grit predicts which cadets will stick out their first grueling year at West Point. In fact, grit even predicts which round contestants will make it to at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The good news is, if you aren’t particularly gritty now, there is something you can do about it. People who lack grit more often than not believe that they just don’t have the innate abilities successful people have. If that describes your own thinking …. well, there’s no way to put this nicely: you are wrong. As I mentioned earlier, effort, planning, persistence, and good strategies are what it really takes to succeed. Embracing this knowledge will not only help you see yourself and your goals more accurately, but also do wonders for your grit.

#Build your willpower muscle

Your self-control “muscle” is just like the other muscles in your body — when it doesn’t get much exercise, it becomes weaker over time. But when you give it regular workouts by putting it to good use, it will grow stronger and stronger, and better able to help you successfully reach your goals.

To build willpower, take on a challenge that requires you to do something you’d honestly rather not do. Give up high-fat snacks, do 100 sit-ups a day, stand up straight when you catch yourself slouching, try to learn a new skill. When you find yourself wanting to give in, give up, or just not bother — don’t. Start with just one activity, and make a plan for how you will deal with troubles when they occur (“If I have a craving for a snack, I will eat one piece of fresh or three pieces of dried fruit.”) It will be hard in the beginning, but it will get easier, and that’s the whole point. As your strength grows, you can take on more challenges and step-up your self-control workout.

#Don’t tempt fate

No matter how strong your willpower muscle becomes, it’s important to always respect the fact that it is limited, and if you overtax it you will temporarily run out of steam. Don’t try to take on two challenging tasks at once, if you can help it (like quitting smoking and dieting at the same time). And don’t put yourself in harm’s way — many people are overly-confident in their ability to resist temptation, and as a result they put themselves in situations where temptations abound. Successful people know not to make reaching a goal harder than it already is.

#Focus on what you will do, not what you won’t do

Do you want to successfully lose weight, quit smoking, or put a lid on your bad temper? Then plan how you will replace bad habits with good ones, rather than focusing only on the bad habits themselves. Research on thought suppression (e.g., “Don’t think about white bears!”) has shown that trying to avoid a thought makes it even more active in your mind. The same holds true when it comes to behaviour — by trying not to engage in a bad habit, our habits get strengthened rather than broken.

If you want to change your ways, ask yourself, What will I do instead? For example, if you are trying to gain control of your temper and stop flying off the handle, you might make a plan like “If I am starting to feel angry, then I will take three deep breaths to calm down.” By using deep breathing as a replacement for giving in to your anger, your bad habit will get worn away over time until it disappears completely.

It is my hope that, after reading about the nine things successful people do differently, you have gained some insight into all the things you have been doing right all along. Even more important, I hope are able to identify the mistakes that have derailed you, and use that knowledge to your advantage from now on. Remember, you don’t need to become a different person to become a more successful one. It’s never what you are, but what you do.

Things Successful People Do Differently when achieving their Goals!

Why have you been so successful in reaching some of your goals, but not others? If you aren’t sure, you are far from alone in your confusion. It turns out that even brilliant, highly accomplished people are pretty lousy when it comes to understanding why they succeed or fail. The intuitive answer — that you are born predisposed to certain talents and lacking in others — is really just one small piece of the puzzle. In fact, decades of research on achievement suggests that successful people reach their goals not simply because of who they are, but more often because of what they do.

Here’s a look at my top Goal Setting tips, I am sure you may have seen these before but now is the time to implement them, achieve your goals in 2013!

#Get specific with your Goals:

When you set yourself a goal, try to be as specific as possible. “Lose 5 pounds” is a better goal than “lose some weight,” because it gives you a clear idea of what success looks like. Knowing exactly what you want to achieve keeps you motivated until you get there. Also, think about the specific actions that need to be taken to reach your goal. Just promising you’ll “eat less” or “sleep more” is too vague — be clear and precise. “I’ll be in bed by 10pm on weeknights” leaves no room for doubt about what you need to do, and whether or not you’ve actually done it.

#Seize the moment to act on your goals.

Given how busy most of us are, and how many goals we are juggling at once, it’s not surprising that we routinely miss opportunities to act on a goal because we simply fail to notice them. Did you really have no time to work out today? No chance at any point to return that phone call? Achieving your goal means grabbing hold of these opportunities before they slip through your fingers.

To seize the moment, decide when and where you will take each action you want to take, in advance. Again, be as specific as possible (e.g., “If it’s Monday, Wednesday, or Friday, I’ll work out for 30 minutes before work.”) Studies show that this kind of planning will help your brain to detect and seize the opportunity when it arises, increasing your chances of success by roughly 300%.

#Know exactly how far you have left to go.

Achieving any goal also requires honest and regular monitoring of your progress — if not by others, then by you yourself. If you don’t know how well you are doing, you can’t adjust your behaviour or your strategies accordingly. Check your progress frequently — weekly, or even daily, depending on the goal.

#Be a realistic optimist.

When you are setting a goal, by all means engage in lots of positive thinking about how likely you are to achieve it. Believing in your ability to succeed is enormously helpful for creating and sustaining your motivation. But whatever you do, don’t underestimate how difficult it will be to reach your goal. Most goals worth achieving require time, planning, effort, and persistence. Studies show that thinking things will come to you easily and effortlessly leaves you ill-prepared for the journey ahead, and significantly increases the odds of failure.

Check in next week for part 2 when I will share 5 more tips that successful people do to fulfil their goals!

If you have any questions or require some help with Goal setting just leave a comment below!