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How I failed last year and how I want to fail again

I am all for New Year resolutions. I think this “idea” provides a safety blanket, a bravado, a ‘fake motivation’ that somehow spurs us to really fulfil our year like no other. Cliché as they may seem, paper filled with endless lists and top tens, how useful are they to us?

I for one like the belief and drive they instil in some people (myself included), and though some may mock people’s unachievable goals I think it is important to remember that having aims in life, or for the foreseeable months is never a bad thing.

Last year I over ambitiously set out to read 52 books in 52 weeks. I may have failed to read that number (due to some books being 700 pages) yet I still left 2014 with a sense of real accomplishment. It was not tainted by one of my friends continuously emphasising how I had totally failed this goal of mine.

However that should not have mattered to them and nor to me as I did succeed: I attempted my goal and reshaped it as I went through 2014 realising my page heavy books would slow me down and mean missing my ’52 target’.

This feeling of self-accomplishment isn’t necessarily one found at work or shared with others; it is an emotion felt at a very personal level.

A similar thinking blog caught my eye the other day as the author mentioned how she is focusing on one word to take her through 2015. This isn’t a new idea by any stretch of the imagination but it is another way to concentrate on your mental attitude. A way to feel ‘refreshed’ in your body, mind and attitude.

It can also be very therapeutic to list your dreams or aims no matter how farfetched and in turn, you can then plan how to meet these. I think the biggest obstacle in making changes, whether that is changing your diet or exercising more, is rewiring your mental state. Blocking out negative hurdles before the race starts.

Stop and think – how do you really feel about this goal? Is it one you really want to do – is your heart, mind and way of thinking in this one hundred per cent? It goes hand in hand with the saying, if you think it you can do it. It is without a doubt, our biggest strength and power is our mind. It goes further than even we know and is always two steps.

Do you have your own resolutions? How do you find they help you?

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New Year Resolutions 2014

Even though we are now 8 days into the new year I hope it is going well for you (happy New Year!) The classic ‘New Year’s resolutions’ come into play so I thought I would share mine with you (and more to the point, to help me keep on track):

  1. Keep fit and healthy – I am making sure I go to the gym a couple of times a week, drag myself out jogging and swimming. I would like to try a 5/10km run this year too. Since the beginning of November I have been experimenting more with veggie inspired dishes and following a pescetarian diet.
  2. Blog at least once every two weeks – I will try to blog more this year! As well as on my other blog over at beccasbeautyblogging.wordpress.com I always come across lots of other well-written blogs or engaging topics and never give my opinion; therefore I will aim to comment more.
  3. Travel – last year I managed to travel a lot in the UK but not abroad. This year will be different.
  4. Learn at least one new skill – for me, this is to play the guitar.
  5. Lastly, but not least, make good use of my time – 30 days might just persuade you to too!

Goals can help you remain focused whilst (without you knowing it) bring great happiness and success.
What are your aims for this year?

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