Thursday, 31 December 2015

New Year, New You?

We are at the beginning of another Year (2016); many great things have happened in the past twelve months, along with many awful tragedies. Other writers and News websites will cover this topic in detail and so I shall leave that to them. Stay informed but do not let the constant stream of broadcast tragedy and trauma affect you.

"Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you." 

Walt Whitman

January is for many people a period of reflection and a time to look forward hopefully to a the New Year. Many people, maybe even you, will have made New years Resolutions that they hope will make their lives better in 2016.

Often New Years Resolutions are about getting fit and losing weight and it's no secret that Gym memberships peak in January only to fall away by April as people give up on their good intentions.

A few people will make Resolutions to improve their mind and sign up for College courses or on-line language courses or even learn new skills to improve their career prospects. Sadly many people in this group will drop out as well as the pressure and momentum of their everyday lives sucks them back in.

Don't get me wrong many people will follow through in both groups and a few will go on to gain amazing results just by sticking to the decision they made.

"With self-discipline most anything is possible."

Theodore Roosevelt

The reason a few gain exceptional results from one decision is not because they are any better than you or me. It's almost entirely due to their commitment and their ability to literally change their mind to do something and then change their lives to make it happen. It sounds simple said like that doesn't it? But of course it's not.

Most of us don't want to change the World if we're honest with ourselves; we just want a better life for us and for those we love and care for. Everyone needs help and guidance to start something new or get better at anything, whether it's learning to Drive a Car or baking your first Cake or even becoming an Elite Athlete. You can't just magic these new skills from nowhere! First you have to want to, then you find out how, then you practice until you get it right. Again sounds simple doesn't it? 

People talk about having commitment as if it's something you can just apply without effort and of course it's something you build (one of my daughters is an Elite Athlete so I know all about commitment, not just from her but from the entire family that support her; yes that's a proud Dad moment). 

Commitment is also a skill, the same as planning, the same as communication along with many other life skills that people often take for granted until they come to use them. And that's often when a failure happens. When you over-estimate your ability; at that moment when you are trying to do something and you thought that your innate skill would carry you through but you just don't have the tools available to you.

You thought you knew what to do but the ability you thought was just going to appear for you when you needed it, did not. Winning is not trying, it's doing, and that means preparation and that also includes learning.

"Do or do not. There is no try!"

Yoda (Star Wars)

My book Creating A Wonderful Life gives you access to a tool-kit for life. These are techniques that are tried and tested in my life and also with others that I have mentored and managed over the years. 

You'll learn about communication, how to maintain a positive outlook, how to make great decisions even in stressful circumstances and most of all you'll learn how to plan your goals so that you achieve success every time.

Now ask yourself this question, "do I want to have a Wonderful Life?"

If the answer is yes (which I sincerely hope that it is - and yes, I know I'm biased - but you should know that I wrote this book to help others - not to become a Millionaire). Buy or borrow Creating A Wonderful Life and follow the actions and you'll be surprised how quickly you'll be able to make lasting improvements in your life. It works.

See what other people are saying who have bought and used this book here  

Finally I'd like to wish you all the very best of health, wealth and happiness for 2016. Happy New Year!

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