Measure your progress

Hello all!

So, I’ve not blogged much recently, but was thinking about the blog today and I wondered about you all. I wondered what you had been up to, if you’ve achieved any goals, crossed any items off your bucket list or tried anything new.           Image

It’s really motivating to look back and catch up on all the things you’ve achieved. It gives you some perspective on how you’re doing and how far you’ve come. It doesn’t really matter how big or small the things are, as long as you’re moving in the right direction. For example, your list for the year to date might look like this:

Started attending an evening class.

Lost 10 pounds

Crossed ‘visiting New York’ off my bucket list

Made a new friend.

Tried a new food every month.

Pick a date where you can look back and measure your progress. It could be every 3 months, every 6 months,  every year or even every week (just don’t expect monumental things if you’re checking every week)

Let me know how you’re getting on, I genuinely want to know. Why else would I do this blog? I want to help motivate you all to be the greatest versions of yourself possible!

I’ll start. My year to date progress is:

Spent the New Year with family (wanted to do that for ages)

Got married!

Grew a mohawk.

Went parasailing.

Went on my first foreign holiday with my wife.

Started sign language classes

Discovered the direction I wanted my life to go in and started a related diploma.

Got 3 things published in magazines.

Started writing a book.

Threw a message in a bottle into the sea

I’ve shown you mine, now show me yours!

Till next time

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Fake it till you make it.

Hi guys!

I’m sure you’ve all heard of the expression ‘fake it till you make it’. It basically means you act as if you are whatever you want to be, even if you don’t feel that way. A common example is acting confident even when you don’t feel like it. So what people see on the outside is this:

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But what you might feel on the inside is this:

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I’ve found recently that I’ve been really bad at exercising. I think it may be because of the shorter days. All of a sudden leaping out of bed at 6 am to put myself through agony doesn’t have the same appeal it used to. However I’ve been wearing shorts and t-shirt round the house lately and it’s primed my mind to make me think I’m a naturally athletic exercise-loving person. Guess what? I’ve been exercising more and enjoying it more. I’m acting AS IF I love to keep fit and it’s paying off.

So who do you want to be? The life and soul of the party? Act as if you were born to live in the spotlight when you next go out and it will start to feel true. Do you want to be a raging success at something? Act as if it were already true and watch people respond to you, propelling you forward to that success. 

I’ve had so many people tell me how confident and strong I come across. They think I’m lying when I say how shy I am. Only my wife sees the nervous wreck with the shaking hand on the door knob taking a deep breath before entering a situation I’d rather not be in. Once the door has opened it’s like the curtains are up and I’m on stage. Then I act confident and I start to FEEL confident. 

Now I’m going to go and act as if I WANT to go food shopping with the missus. I don’t think I’m ever very convincing at this…

Till next time

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Thanks For Sharing

thanks-for-sharing-poster05-1Morning all!

Anyone who knows me at all knows that I’m a massive fan of Pink (the woman, not the colour). This being the case, last night I went to see the new film ‘Thanks For Sharing’ in which she had a small part.

I came away feeling really motivated. The film is about a group of addicts, trying to fight their addiction. I found it really inspiring how they went about coping and fighting their disease. One of the characters, Adam, has a mantra he repeats to himself whenever he needs to. ‘One day at a time’. Using this (and the support meetings and other techniques) he manages to stay sober for 5 years.

At the support groups they give out sobriety medallions for each day, week, month, year, 5 years etc that they stay sober. I considered how I could use that to help me. Some sort of reward for sticking at what I want to do (or not do as the case may be). For me, I would say my worst vice at the moment is junk food, chocolate, that sort of thing. It’s a problem. So, to help me, I’m going to make my own little medallions for each day, week, month, year, I stay off the junk.

Another thing I found motivating was how they took such little steps. So if you’re trying to become healthier, take tiny steps to begin with. You’ll find it easier to start, you’ll feel great for achieving it and you won’t be overwhelmed by your overall goal. You could literally start with 1 minute a day exercise. You could drink a healthy drink (E.G. green tea) twice a day. It all makes a difference.

Lastly, the support from fellow addicts was so lovely. The whole sponsor-sponsee relationship was great. Knowing someone who has your back and will help you through it is so helpful to say the least. If you can, get someone who will kick your butt when you need it, then celebrate with you when you’ve done well or reached a milestone.

Till next time

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P.S Also love the tagline ‘Life is a journey you never have to take alone.’