Archives for June 2012

Tracking what you do could be the key to success

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What are you doing each day to take you closer to your goals?

What are you doing each day to sabotage your progress?

Sometimes it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what it is we’re doing right or wrong when it comes to achieving our goals, and often we’re unaware of what we’re doing wrong if things aren’t happening for us!

Yesterday I came across a great tip to help you to work this out!

It’s called “Tracking”.

Tracking involves writing down each and every thing you do, positive or negative, that relates to your goal.

That’s it!

Sounds simple right?

Alright, let me break this down for you, so you’re clear about what I’m talking about here. Let’s say you want to lose weight. Here’s what you would do:

  1. Grab a small notebook which you can carry with you EVERYWHERE.
  2. Every single time you put something in your mouth, write it in your notebook (it might also help to note the time that you ate too).
  3. Every single time you exercise, write it in your notebook.
  4. Every single time you skip exercise in order to do something less active, write it in your notebook.
  5. Go through your notes every day and highlight the positive things you did to move you towards your goal, and also the negatives.
  6. Count how many negatives you have. Aim to have less of those tomorrow!

You can apply this method to anything. If you want to achieve a high mark in a course you’re doing, or you want to reduce debt, or you want to improve your sales, anything! Apply this to anything that requires that you do something every day to get you closer to achieving it.

I’d love to hear how you go with this process! :)

How my gratitude journal got me out of a “funk” yesterday

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I’ve posted on here before about gratitude journals and I really do love mine, although I don’t write in it nearly as often as I should. But after last night, I am thinking I should!

I was having a pretty good day, which headed downhill pretty quickly last night after a silly argument with my man (I have since forgiven him! haha). I was sad, upset, angry, and a whole lot of other emotions. So I let myself feel them all.

And then I decided my negative feeling time was up and it was time to turn things around in my mind into something positive!

So I grabbed my gratitude journal and began writing. I wrote down five things I was grateful for at the time, and then I wrote directly afterwards, in present tense (and with the due date) my biggest goal – what I want to achieve just over two years from now.

As I wrote down that goal (which I’ve had for a short time), an overwhelming feeling of excitement came over me. It was like I could feel it was coming, and it was getting so close I could almost touch it!

It’s funny, because I’ve never felt like that while writing down an affirmation or a goal before, unless I consciously brought those feelings up. So for it to happen involuntarily was quite an awesome feeling!

And then today something happened that I wasn’t expecting. This thing has taken me one more step closer to my goal! Yay!

It’s funny how a change in mindset (brought on by writing in my gratitude journal) can create circumstances which bring your goals closer huh? :)

Do you have a problem? What’s good about it?

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Ok I’m sure when you read the title of this post you thought “How can something be good about having a problem?”, right?

Having the problem itself isn’t ideal, but if you learn to look for the positives in every situation you face, you’re going to notice that your life is going to take a dramatic turn for the better…

The reason for this is because if we focus of the negatives in any situation, the negatives seem bigger. But if you focus on the positives in any situation, the positives seem bigger. And what you focus on you attract more of!

When I lost my first baby, I was absolutely devastated. It felt as though all of my hopes and dreams had come crashing down, and my little precious bundle was gone.

At the time, it was difficult to see any positives – my baby had died and life therefore sucked. And to make matters worse, at the time I was hearing stories of teens sleeping around and falling pregnant to men they did not know, and either having abortions or giving their babies up for adoption. So why is it that me, a married woman who desperately wanted to have a child of her own had her baby taken away from her, when these girls didn’t? It seemed so unfair!

But soon after this happened, I decided to focus on the positives. It was common for women to miscarry, and as the doctor said, if I was able to fall pregnant the first time, then I would have a good chance of falling again. So I chose to focus on these things rather than on what I had lost.

Only weeks later I knew exactly why my baby did not make it. It was making way for a precious little girl who would teach me what unconditional love was all about. And she would grow up to be the most beautiful-natured 14 year old you could ever meet (who would’ve thought????). 😉

She told me recently that she had mentioned to some friends that I was her best friend. I cannot tell you how much that meant to me to hear that from her, and I am so grateful that although my first baby was lost, I was given something so beautiful in return…

It is sometimes difficult to find the positives in some situations, but once you make the decision to turn something negative into a positive, things truly turn around…