5 simple actions that will make your day more positive

We all know that it is better to be positive if we want to succeed.

Some days,we may wake up and not feel very positive. 
This could be for a number of reasons :

We didn’t sleep very well
We have had some bad news
Physically,we are not very well
The weather is not very good

Or a host of other reasons
Equally there may be times when we cannot explain why we don’t feel bad

It is very easy to mope around and feel down all day.
However,that will not do us much good at all.

I have found it is quite easy to turn things round and become positive.
None of these things take very long.
They may seem simple and you may doubt them.

However,I have found that cumulatively they make a big difference.

Here are the actions I take

1 First thing in the morning I say to myself things like :

“I feel great today” 
“This is going to be a fantastic day”
“I am going to achieve so much today”

2 The first person I see to have a conversation with, when asked how I am,I reply :

“Today I feel absolutely fantastic,I am so looking forward to today.”
Very often the other person looks surprised,but after a while they
admit they are feeling a lot better.
This good feeling becomes contagious

3 Drink plenty of water  
This really is very important
A lack of water can really make you feel sluggish.
It accounts for 50-70% of our body weight and is crucial for most bodily functions.
In addition,up to 75% of the brain is made up of water.
It should be water and not hot drinks or fruit juices.

4 Walk for 20-30 minutes per day. 
This is one of my favourite past times.
I see people with their phones and music while out walking.
Personally, I leave my phone at home and just enjoy the fresh air.
This simple activity can re-invigorate you.
Also,if I have been doing some work that is quite intense, I find I relax on the walk
and mange to solve some issues I have been grappling with.
Frequently,I also come up with some new ideas.

5 Set 3 targets for the day. 
Personally, I am very target driven and I find my day is judged by what I have achieved.
If I need to be energised, I set 3 simple tasks that I need to achieve in the day.
I try to do these early in the day, as it sets me up for the rest of the day.

These 5 actions seem very simple,but they work for me.
Another thing to remember is that research shows that if you do the same thing for 21 days,it becomes a habit.
So try this for 3 weeks, and you may find that you automtically do them every day.

I would be interested in any feedback,once you have tried this.

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Nothing is impossible

At times we will be tasked with doing something which doesn’t look possible.

Whenever I feel like this, I take inspiration from people who have achieved remarkable things and have overcome all the odds.

Thomas Edison  Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison was an American inventor, and many people believe he is America’s greatest inventor.

He is best known for inventing the electric light bulb but he was such a prolific inventor that he held over 1,000 patents in the USA in his name.

He also had patents in the United Kingdom, France and Germany.

In addition to his inventions he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and he is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.

He spent a lot of time concentrating on his goal of inventing the light bulb and, at one stage, he was asked how he felt about failing 10,000 times.

He famously replied:

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.

This has to be one of the greatest examples of persistence that we have ever witnessed.

Roger Bannister

Sir Roger is a former middle-distant runner who ran in the 1952 Olympics but was disappointed to finish 4th in the 1500 metre final. For a while after this he contemplated his future, but eventually he set himself a new goal:

To become the first athlete to run the mile in under 4 minutes.

This was hugely controversial at the time as many doctors suggested it was impossible, and some went as far to suggest that anybody attempting this would possibly die.

He had set out his goal, was undeterred by those who suggested it was not possible and intensified his training.

Eventually the day arrived and on 6th May 1954, Roger Bannister ran the first sub 4-minute mile in a time of 3 minutes 59.4 seconds.

Interestingly, in the year after that record-breaking day, 24 athletes went onto record the mile in under 4 minutes. Nowadays, that goal that was considered impossible has been shattered as the world record for the mile is 3 minutes 43.13 seconds.

Jesse Owens

Jesse Owens was a remarkable athlete who completed in the 1936 Olympics in Germany.

Along with his teammates they sailed on the SS Manhattan.

In addition, Adolf Hitler and other government officials had high hopes that German athletes would dominate the games with victories.

After such a long journey and faced with such adversity, it is remarkable that he won 4 Olympic gold medals in the 100 metres,200 metres, long jump and 4 x 100 metres relay.

Carl Lewis

Carl Lewis was an outstanding athlete.

Not only did he plan winning 4 Olympic gold medals at the 1984 Los Angeles games, but in total he won 9 Olympic gold medals and 1 silver medal.

No other athlete has retained the Olympic long jump title, but Lewis went on to win 4 consecutive Olympic long jump medals from 1984 until 1996, which is a remarkable achievement.

His accomplishments have led to numerous accolades, including being voted

“World Athlete of the Century” by the IAAF

“Sportsman of the Century” by the International Olympic Committee,

“Olympian of the Century” by Sports Illustrated and “Athlete of the Year” by Track & Field News in 1982, 1983, and 1984.

A remarkable athlete who spent time planning his success.

Billy Joel

For many people this may seem a strange addition as Billy Joel is a very successful singer. However, that was not always the case.

He dropped out of high school because he had a dream of becoming a famous musician. However, it did not go to plan and at the age of 22 he was flat broke and he no longer had a home.

His girlfriend left him, which tipped him over the edge, and he decided to take his own life. Before taking that drastic action, he decided to check into a mental institution. It was here that he realised what real problems were.

Since releasing his first hit song, “Piano Man” in 1973, he has become the sixth best-selling recording artist and the third best-selling solo artist in the United States.

This shows that with the right determination, success can follow.

 

If I feel, at any time, that things are difficult I take inspiration from such individuals.

 

 

The importance of writing down your goals

Once you have decided on your goals it’s very important to write them  down.


There have been various debates about writing down and reviewing your goals.

Fortunately,there is some research that backs up the importance of writing down your goals.

This research is now quite famous.
In 1979 interviewers ask graduates at Harvard Business School the following question :
“Have you set clear written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them.”

Bearing in mind that it is difficult to find a place at Harvard you would expect the graduates to be very goal-driven.
However the results were quite surprising :
84% had no specific goals at all,which in itself is quite astonishing.

13% had goals but they were not committed to paper.
Only 3% had clear written goals and plans to achieve them.

In 1989 ,10 years later, the graduates when interviewed again and the results were as follows :

The 13% who had clear written goals were earning on average twice as much as the 84% who had no goals.
The truly startling result was that the 3% who had clear written goals were earning on average
10 TIMES AS MUCH AS THE OTHER 97% PUT TOGETHER
That really is quite incredible.

Whatever your goal,if you need any evidence that writing down your goals and reviewing them regularly is important then surely this research shows exactly that.

Why goals should be SMART

When setting your goals they should be SMART

S is for specific 

If your goal is financially orientated the goal should not be “I want to earn a lot of money” .That is not specific enough. There should be a specific amount, e.g. $500 per month.

M is for measurable
You must be able to measure your progress towards your goal.
For example,you may be looking to lose weight.
If your goals is “I want to lose a lot of weight.” that is not measurable.

The phrase “a lot of weight” can mean different things to different people.
However,if you state “I want to lose 7 pounds” that is not open to interpretation. You have either lost 7 pounds or you haven’t.

A is for achievable.  
If you just starting your own business,you may want to be a millionaire.
That may be admirable but if you state “I want to be a millionaire within 6 months” you may be lucky,but it is not likely.
Your goal may still apply later,but it would be more realistic to state “I will earn an extra $500 per month in 6 months time.

R is for relevant
The goal must be relevant to your business
For example,if you have decided to start a business providing services to SMEs, it would not be relevant to have a goal to develop a product for consumers.
If you are working for a corporation,the goal must be in line with the objectives of the corporation.

T is for time-bound time
For example, you might say that you want to lose weight by next year .
Again that’s not specific enough.What you need to do is to pick a date and say that you’ll lose a certain amount of weight by a particular date.

So ,in summary , examples of SMART goals could be :

“From my online marketing activities,I will earn an additional $500 per month by July 31st this year.”

“By November 30th this year I will lose 7 pounds in weight.”

The next step is to take these SMART goals and develop plans to achieve the goals.

Setting goals-how visualization can help

When we are setting goals one of the hardest things it is to actually know exactly what we want to achieve .Sometimes we feel that we may just go for earning a lot of money but basically we need to be much more specific than that and determine exactly what we want .

One of the key factors is what’s called visualization , which takes a number of different forms but one of them is in sport .If you watch any athletics, for example, you may watch high jumping.Before a high jumpers starts ,what he or she would do is start to look towards the bar and pace out where they’re going to run and then visualize themselves going over the bar .That basically goes into the subconscious mind and becomes very positive which assumes that they will achieve their goal of clearing the bar.

If you watch a 100 metres race, many of the contestants will be looking down the lane and imagining they will cross the line before their competitors. A good example of this is in the Barcelona Olympics. In the final of the 100 metres, Linford Christie just looked down his lane and imagined he would cross the line before any of his competitors. It worked for him as he won the gold medal.

When we set our own goals sometimes visualisation also helps. If, for example we want to earn some extra money to buy a new car, a new camera, a new house or perhaps go on holiday ,one of the best things that we can do is to find a photograph of one of these desires and keep it somewhere that will remind us several times a day of what we want.

For example,if we want a new camera,cut out a photo of the camera in a camera magazine and pin it to the wall. Similarly for anything else that we want.

One of the keys to making this work is looking at the photograph several times a day. What happens is that the neurons in our brains interpret imagery as equivalent to real-life action. Thus, we assume that we own the object in the image and act accordingly. For example, if we are looking at the camera, our mind assumes that we already own it.

Perhaps,we have decided that we want to buy a specific car.Car

Another key is to make the desire realistic. For example, if we are just starting out and decide that we want to own our own aeroplane in the next 12 months, for most of us that is not achievable. The likelihood is that we will become disillusioned as we realise that it is no more than a dream. Whereas, if we make the goal realistic and manage to achieve it, we will be encouraged to continue to use visualization to help us to achieve our goals.

Initially, I wasn’t sure about visualization, but now I practise it all the time.

 

 

Setting Goals

Setting goals is important in all aspects of our lives.

Here are some examples :

1 In our personal lives may people are looking to lose weight.

If this is the case, it is important to have a goal as to how much weight we want to lose.

It is also important to have a timescale, which will help us to establish how much we need to lose every week/month.

2 For sports people, setting goals is fundamentally important if they want to become the best in their field. One good example is Duncan Goodhew, who is a former swimmer. At the Olympics he did not win the gold medal, but he had the burning ambition to do so.

As the Olympics are held every 4 years, he had plenty of time to realise his ambition.

He calculated he needed to improve his time by one hundredth of a second every day.

He put the plan into place and duly one the Olympic gold medal. There are some very important points to observe here, one of which is that he broke his goal down into bite sized chunks.

3 In business, if you ask any successful business person the reasons for their success, they will tell you that setting goals was a major factor.

Questions about goals

These are just a few examples, and you may have your own experiences. If we accept that goal setting is important, then a number of questions are relevant:

1 Why don’t more people set goals?

2 How do we set goals?

3 Once the goal has been set how do we reach the goal?

Let’s just briefly cover these questions :

Why don’t more people set goals?

There are a number of reasons including:

Fear of failure-this applies to so many people, who stay within their comfort zone.

People don’t know how to set goals.

Once the goal is set, they don’t know how to achieve the goal.

How do we set goals ?

The goal needs to be specific.

For example : “I want to lose weight.” is not specific.

However,I want to lose 7 pounds by 31st August this year is specific.

Once the goal has been set,how do we reach the goal ?

In order to achieve the goal we must have a detailed action plan.

FREE book on goal setting 

Having spent a long time setting and achieving goals and showing other people how to do the same, I have written a book, which is free to download. In the book I cover :

Examples of goal setting by famous people you may know.

What goals are.

The importance of goals.

What SMART goals are.

AND the 3-letter word that could be the difference between success and failure.

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