There are many obstacles to achieving our goals, from not really knowing what it is we want to achieve (a lack of real clarity on the outcome) to fear of failure or even success! I have written about many of the obstacles we may face in previous posts (just check out my link on obstacles, here) and today I’m going to expand further and take a look at what it really means to put in the effort to achieving our goals. Before we start though, let me just say that if you’re on the cusp of starting out on your goal(s), you may find this post somewhat challenging or even an obstacle to starting! Of course, I hope that’s not the case and that you find some value in the words that follow below.Continue Reading
Are you a daydreamer? Do you ever wonder ‘what if I…?’ and then fill in the blank with wonderful images that float around your head? Do you let these images grow and enthuse you or do you quickly pull yourself back down to ground level and keep a realistic outlook on life? Or, maybe you just find it difficult to daydream because your mind is so full of all the things on your To Do list or your commitments to other people so that there is just no room for daydreaming?
Wherever you sit on the imaginary daydreamers scale there can be no doubt that it can have both positive and negative effects on our lives. But, taken in moderation, and used appropriately, I believe that daydreaming can have a very positive effect on our lives.
The key of course is to not spend all our time daydreaming at the expense of doing. Instead we must follow up by actually identifying those parts of our daydreams which seem to re-occur to such an extent that they appear to be sending us a message…a message that says I’m waiting for you to do something about this!Continue Reading
As some of you may know, I post a daily status update on my Facebook page which is aimed at being inspirational, encouraging and a call to action. I was interested to see this week that one status update in particular was viewed more often than others, and so I’ve decided to expand upon it in today’s blog.
Here’s the update:
Or you can click through to it on Facebook here.
There are a few themes running through this update, so let’s take a look of them in turn. I’ve also included a link to earlier blog posts for each area which you can click for an alternative view or wider discussion.Continue Reading
The word ‘discipline’ can have many negative connotations. We can associate it with being restricted in some way or being prevented from doing that which we want to do, it can also be associated with corporal punishment and therefore with pain. Is it any wonder then that today’s society is perceived as lacking the discipline of our forebears?
Nowadays we are perceived as a generation of people who, through lack of discipline or knowledge or peer and/or media pressure seek instant gratification, forgoing the foresight to assess the results of our current actions on our future selves.
Maybe our society, in an effort to ‘be all things to all men’ has become too liberal, or maybe we’ve just forgotten the benefits of a disciplined life and the long term advantages this can have for us, or, by contrast, the difficulties which await us in the future should we choose to live an un-disciplined life now.
Below I’ve picked out a few quotes which delve into the subject of discipline, with an emphasis on why it’s so important. A key concept to remember though is that discipline isn’t something we ‘do’ to other people. Instead, the emphasis is on self-discipline, which, in time sends out a clear message to those around us about our values and underlies our personal integrity. It is also likely that our self-discipline will ‘rub off’ on those around us, especially our children who, of course, learn from our actions.Continue Reading