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Is This Your Time ?

 

Are you one of those people who follow through on their actions or do you find that your good intentions fall to the wayside quickly? Regardless of which type of person you may classify yourself as, why not make this time the time that belongs to you?

While this may sound like a huge challenge, by breaking it down into smaller steps the picture becomes much clearer. When it comes to setting goals many people often make lofty goals, those that are almost unattainable or out of reach. It’s no wonder that these ambitions and goals are given up almost as fast as they were set.

So how do you set easy to reach goals that will lead you on the path of your dreams?

One of the first things that you need to accomplish is to think about what your goals are. Now we don’t mean travelling the world living out of fancy hotels. We mean goals that are going to help you lead the life you have always dreamed of. If your goal was to travel the world what would be the steps you need to take to accomplish this?

By breaking down a main goal into smaller segments you are working towards your end goal. Building on the travel goal, what would you need to make this come true? Lots of money for one thing. How would you get this money? This would become a smaller goal. Once you had the money how would you travel, where would you go and how long would you stay in each place. All of these steps are smaller goals that need to be determined.

Do you see how these smaller steps are building up to the main goal? Perfect, this is exactly how you can make this year belong to you.

First define what your end goal is. Then plan out all of the steps you need to take to get there. This might include earning more money, saving money regularly, learning a new skill or it might involve losing weight and getting fit.

Regardless of your end goal, once you have planned out your steps you want to treat each one as a mini goal. Then take each mini goal and work on it until you have reached it. Then take the next one and build upon that. Repeat this process until you can see your end goal in sight.

Along the way you are going to come face to face with stumbling blocks and of course, life will get in the way. All of these things are perfectly normal. What matters is the manner in which you deal with these road blocks.

For people losing weight it can be difficult when you reach a plateau for weeks and weeks. It is easier to give up and revert back to your old habits. Those people that are really determined and motivated to reach their target goal will look for ways to deal with these plateaus. These people are fighters!

When working towards a goal you do not always have to work hard on it every day. Sometimes it is healthy to take a short break, just don’t let this become a vacation though!

You may find it easier to schedule certain days of the week to work on your goal so that you don’t become over focused or obsessed on it. Working on a new goal means finding ways to fit it into your life without placing something or someone else in jeopardy.

With this in mind you now have the tools and a plan of attack to make this year and every year belong to you in any way you see fit.

 

The Negative Impact of Fear

As humans, we have all experienced some type of fear. It is completely normal, rational and expectable; to have an emotional response to anything in our environment that poses a danger to our physical or mental well-being. It’s the way that we handle that fear that is most important, because it can mean the difference between us controlling our fear or our fear taking control of us.

As I’ve mentioned before, fear effects everyone differently. Symptoms can range from moderate to severe and can cause physical side effects. When we are afraid, our bodies automatically react with an increased heart rate and raised blood pressure.

We may also experience:

– Physical discomfort and pain

– Tight muscles

– Dilated pupils

– Profuse sweating 

– The inability to focus

– The inability to make clear and logical decisions.

Left unmanaged it can also take away a persons ability to trust their surroundings and often leads to the mistrust of other people, as well as a fear of change due to uncertainty and often leaves them resistant to help from others.

In severe cases, it can cut them off from the rest of the world, leaving them unmotivated, preventing them from moving forward and keeping them from exploring new opportunities. People who suffer with this type of fear often exhibit self-destructive behavior.

People have a subconscious tendency to deny even the feeling of fear. Most people would prefer to shift their emotions to things like anger or depression, rather than accept their fears.

As we know, this can be due to a number of factors, including environment, upbringing, and previous experiences. Most experts believe that the key to overcoming this problem is to recognize the fear as fear, rather than defining it as something that appears similar.

People who have this problem often develop the fears they have during childhood, but rather than outgrow those fears, they have allowed them to remain rooted in their consciousness. This may not necessarily damage mental health, but it can have some unwanted effects on how a person interacts socially.

Of course, not everything about fear should be seen as a negative. It triggers our survival instincts that prevent us from taking unnecessary risks. It also triggers the body to enter survival mode when faced with extreme danger, pumping large amounts of adrenaline into the system to give ordinary humans the near-superhuman physical abilities needed to survive certain situations.

It is only when we fail to acknowledge fear that it becomes a problem. We will be going over some simple tips that will help you say no to fear whenever it tries to invade your life.