Thursday, 1 January 2015

New Year Resolutions: The Key

What is the key to successfully following through with a New Year resolution?

  • Writing it down? 
  • Crafting a plan? 
  • Taking action?

Before doing any of those things, there is something else you can do that can make a huge difference to whether you will fly or flounder with your intentions. And you can do this before you have even chosen what your New Year resolution is to be.

What do all winners do?

Imagine an Olympic athlete, or a performer in your favourite sport. Imagine they have broken a record, won gold, topped their league... Picture them mounting the podium to bask in the glory of receiving their reward and recognition.

As you imagined that, did you picture someone creeping up to the podium timidly, hoping that they could slink away before anyone noticed? I doubt it.

What you pictured was someone triumphant: grinning joyfully, standing in their full stature. A conqueror.

You saw a confident person. I know, because we all know that winners are confident people. They first believe they can win, before they devote themselves to winning.

So, before you even think about the details of your New Year resolution (or any target you ever choose to aim for), start by building your confidence. See yourself as a winner.

How can you do it?

Before you look ahead to the coming year, look to your past.

Make time to list any and every occasion you ever achieved anything that meant something to you.

Every spare moment that comes along over the next few days, think about those times when you succeeded. Feel what it felt like. Enjoy the feeling.

Do this over and over. Get it into your head, into your heart, and anywhere else that you can get it, that you are a winner.

Now, look forwards to your future. What do you want it to be? Make your resolution with confidence that you can see it through. You've achieved lots of things before; you can do this, too.

You may find that your first thought about your resolution might now be, "Perhaps I should be aiming higher?" Wherever you end up, it's likely to be much further than originally planned.

Happy New Year!

Did you know...

The term self-esteem was coined in the 1950's by professor of psychology Nathaniel Brandon.

After studying the subject throughout his whole career, he concluded that...

self-confidence is the biggest predictor
of happiness and success
 in every area of life

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Best Dancer In The World?

Who is the best dancer of all, in the whole world? The one who inspires you most? The one who moves you most?

It's not me. Nor the guy in the video - though he's pretty good, don't you think? It's someone else who you know quite well.

Watch and see...

Did you figure it out? The best dancer in the world...

It's you! You can rock your own world (literally) any time you like, in simple ways like Sean shows you in the video.

Watching that makes me feel homesick for the jungle - we used to enjoy ourselves like that all day long.

Ah well... be sure to check out some amazing inspiration that you'll find on Sean Stephenson's website

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Sleep - The Secret Sauce Of Successful Living

Sleep. Probably the number one thing we deprive ourselves of. Yet, it's also a number one essential for good health, youthful energy, good relationships, financial success... and even getting into shape (more so than working out at the gym).

For the full story on sleep, I highly recommend a new book from my friend, health and nutrition expert Shawn Stevenson. It's packed with thoroughly researched, clinically proven facts. And clearly presented as a very good read.

The subtitle says "21 Proven Tips". It's actually 21 whole chapters, each with two or three practical power tips.Everyone will find something to better understand and improve their all-important quality of vital sleep.

That's the beauty of this book. It's not a list of "musts". Rather, it presents a smorgasbord of delicious choices from which you can choose what will work best for you.

Get it from Amazon and you could be enjoying better sleep tonight.

Your body will love you for it.

Your life depends on it.

You can listen to Shawn talking about the contents of his book here...

The connection between sleep, sex, income and fat-loss

... where Shawn also shares a couple of extra tips not in the book.