New Year resolutions
As we are half way through January and well into the New Year you may want to open up to the next big adventure in your life and make some changes. There is certainly no better time to turn your life around to achieve your dreams than at the beginning of the year but it certainly doesn’t have to be drastic. According to a poll carried out, less than 10%* of the people that make New Year resolutions never actually achieve their desires due to the fact that they have got to leave their comfort zone which does take courage.
If you could reinvent your life what would you do? Maybe you would get a different job, learn a new skill, possibly give your life a make-over you feel you need. For any of these things you need to see yourself in your mind’s eye as you would like it to be. By having total belief in yourself you will demonstrate just how courageous you really are. You will be pursuing a dream in a direction you never thought you would ever be able to reach.
The first thing above all else is to build self-confidence believing in your abilities, your dreams and what you are capable of doing. As Henry Ford the creator of the Ford Motor Company once said, “If you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right”. It is all in the way your mind sees it. Another way to look at it is that it is two folds of the same piece of cloth; your perception of it is what’s all important. Just for a moment go back to your childhood, it may or may not have been one of your greatest memories, but if you see things through the eyes of a child all things are possible, this is where the real magic exists. Your mind is more powerful than you could ever imagine, with it you can create the life you want, and this is something I strongly believe in and you are never too old. The important thing is to never allow anyone or anything to destroy your dreams. When you change your way of thinking you can change your life.
Ever since I began developing the various skills and techniques I use to entertain an audience I have recognised more and more the infinite capabilities of the human mind. And in attempting a demonstration with people I have never met before I stretch myself and move out of my comfort zone never allowing the fear of failure to get the better of me.
Visualisation in what you want to achieve needs to be to the forefront of your mind and you need to keep it there. Many people choose to construct a ‘visualisation board’. This comprises of something like a cork board with pictures of what you want to achieve that have been cut out from magazines and are pined to the board. You could if you wish use magnets and attach them to the fridge door. Whatever you choose to do you need to see your dreams and desires continuously in front of you and focus on this in your mind’s eye as if you have already accomplished them. This is where a positive state of mind is essential.
I would also suggest that you make use of a journal which you can write in on a daily basis. Describe fully what you wish to achieve down in writing including all the necessary steps that you need to take to realise your goals.
By expressing your goals out loud, making affirmations and telling your closest family and friends, many of them will also hopefully be able to offer you their help along the way, but whatever you decide to do you should begin immediately. Any delay will only drive your dreams further out of your mind. You need to realise action is the key to all things and do whatever needs to be done to move forward.
I would like to end this blog with an inspirational quote by no less than literally the greatest sportsman of all time, Muhammad Ali who passed away in 2016.
"Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing." - Muhammad Ali
* New Year’s Resolution Statistics – Statistic Brain