Quotes and how they inspire you

NOM was excited. Today was reading day in town. This was one of the best days in the year for NOM (after Christmas and birthdays of course). Reading day was a day where authors and other inspiring people came to the town’s library to read out great stories or present their new books. The attendees sometimes got free books and other goodies which NOM thought was pretty cool. He loved reading and read every book he could lay his hands on.

After breakfast ( sweet sesame seed muesli of course) NOM got his book bag and headed to town. It was a short walk and he always enjoyed it. He arrived in town and started looking for the library. Finding the library in this town was hard as it changed spots every year. No one knew why, including NOM, but he didn’t mind.

Finally he found it. The library was hidden behind some trees next to the new supermarket “Aldi”. He made his way toward entrance and was soon swallowed by a crowd of people. Once inside NOM looked at the different stalls in which authors presented their books or talked about other cool things. NOM watched a presentation about a cooking book that even included some sesame seed recipes. He got a free sample of the book and an autograph from the author. Then he walked along the stalls looking for other interesting books and authors. There was one about poems, one about a new fiction book, some about fashion, and another one about quotes… quotes! NOM stepped closer to the stall and sat down to watch the author speak. He was tall and had a black moustache. His speech was really inspiring:

“Hello everyone! Thank you for taking the time to come here and learn about something quite interesting. Quotes! I’m sure you all know what quotes are and some of you might even have a favourite quote that really inspires you. For those who don’t know, a quote is a phrase or a sentence that is really inspiring and contains some sort of message. You see, quotes can be a great tool to get you motivated. There are many great quotes out there, some are informative, some are inspiring. What I encourage you to do is to find one quote that speaks to you. One that inspires you, motivates you or just makes you happy. Once you’ve found that quote; and by the way we have some great ones here for you to have a look at or you can buy our quote book if you don’t have a favourite one…anyways once you have that quote, I want you to stick it on your mirror or vision board (https://kathialf.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/noms-vision-board/ ) and read it everyday. And I don’t mean for you to read it in your head, I want you to read it out loud and really think about it. Let it sink in and feel how it makes you happy or motivates you. If you do this for a few weeks I guarantee that you will find more peace and happiness in your life.”

“I need to find one of those quotes.”, NOM thought and smiled. He looked around the tent and noticed that there were many post-it notes with quotes on them stuck to the walls.

“I hope you enjoyed my speech and I thank you for listening. If you want, you can now take a look around the tent and find your quote. Or I can add you to my e-mail list and you will receive one picture quote every week. Have a great  day and enjoy reading quotes. Let yourself be inspired!”

NOM and the audience clapped. Then NOM got up and made his way towards one of the tables. He put his name into the e-mail list. Now he would receive one new quote every week by mail!

“I just need to find my favourite quote now.”, NOM said. He looked at the walls and read through each post-it note. Every single quote was good but there were none that really spoke to him. He shrugged. “Well then I’m just going to have to wait for the first quote e-mail.” NOM was about to turn to go when he saw a post-it note stuck to the bottom corner of the wall. It was blue like all the others but looked a bit crinkled. The quote on it was perfect:

NOM was stunned. He immediately knew what it meant. “This is my quote!”, he said.

NOM went over to one of the assistants and asked him if he could have that quote. The assistant handed NOM the post-it note with a smile and said: “You picked a very good one! It’s special!” NOM thanked the assistant and felt proud.

He stayed until the very end of reading day, and enjoyed all the great talks while searching through books and poems. Tired but happy NOM finally made his way home. Back in his cardboard box he put the quote on his mirror.

Every morning and night when he walked past the mirror NOM would look at the quote and think about it. “I have to create my life. Which means that I will try to be a better or different person everyday and stretch my comfort zone. I will create myself the way I want to; perfectly awesome! And I won’t think that I can just someday find the perfect me. Life is  about growth. Yep that’s what the quote means.”  And NOM did all of that. This one quote changed his life.

Now find your own quote and do what NOM did. Or do you already have a favourite quote? What is it? Comment below!

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NOM’s Vision Board

NOM sat on a bench in the middle of the square of the village and ate sesame seeds. A big bag full of groceries lay next him on the bench packed full of goodies for the week.

“Now I just need my decorations”, NOM said. Before heading off for his shopping trip NOM had noticed that the walls of his cardboard box were a bit plain so he decided to buy some. He needed something really colourful and inspirational.

NOM finished his bag of caramel-flavoured sesame seeds and started walking along the shops admiring the many clothes that were on sale. He looked through some more shop windows and saw delicious bread in one store, colourful fabrics and textiles in the other and books in another one. Then he came across a shop that looked particularly intersting. Looking through the big glass window NOM could see photographs paintings and stacks of magazines all either hanging on the walls or lying on the floor.

Then he saw a sign that was stuck to the shop’s entrance. It read: Make your own Vision Board here!!

“What’s a vision board?” NOM wondered. After some thinking he slowly opened the shop’s front door and stepped in. From the inside the shop looked even more intersting. Huge shelves with magazines and other pieces of coloured paper lined the walls. The floor was carpeted making it nice and cosy. NOM pulled out a magazine from one of the shelves. It was a travel book showing many pictures of places from around the world. Fascinated NOM started looking through the magazine and dreamed of visiting these destinations.

“Can I help you?” A friendly voice suddenly said behind him.

NOM looked up. It took him a while to register the face. It was a young woman wearing a big pair of black glasses. She also wore a black dress with a little sign pinned to it saying “I’m Shelly.” Shelly smiled at NOM.

“I think so”, NOM said. “I saw that sign on your front door and it said you can make a vision board.”

“Do you want to make one?”, Shelly asked.

“Well I was wondering what a vision board is.”

“Oh you don’t know. Well then I’ll better explain. Come with me.” Shelly headed towards a corner in the room where there where multiple big posters stuck to the walls. Above the posters was a sign saying: “VISIONBOARDS“. NOM quickly followed her and looked at the posters. They all had pictures of beautiful places, clothes, different sports, money, food and other cool things on them.

“Wow that looks NOMazing.”, NOM said.

Shelly grinned.”I know. These are vision boards. People make them for all their goals and visions for the future. Vision boards help people to concetrate on these goals and visions everyday and this will help them stay focused on them and eventually achieve them.”

NOM got excited. “That’s awesome. I could use one of these for my home. I was going to decorate the walls anyways and this is perfect! Can I make one here?”

“Of course! We have many magazines and photos you can use to make your own vision board. It’s also easy to make one yourself at home using old magazines and newspapers and anything else you might like to stick on your board.”

NOM decided to make his vision board in the shop. They had so many pretty magazines and photos he could use. He got a pair of scissors and a big piece of cardboard. Then he started looking through magazines and cut out photos of the things he loved and wanted to be or achieve in the future. (e.g places he wanted to travel to, things he wanted to buy, something he wanted to become and much more). When he was done he was very proud and looked at his finished vision board:

NOM thanked Shelly for showing him how to make a vision board and made his way home. Back in the cardboard box he put his masterpiece on the wall and looked at it proudly.

Now whenever NOM walked past he would look at his vision board. It made him feel more confident and he was always reminded of his goals. He wanted to achieve all his goals and dreams so he did something everyday to move closer to his goal (one of his goals was being able to make sesame waffles without a recipe and he achieved that goal in a day:) ).

Now it’s your turn to make a vision board! Get out some magazines and scissors and start creating your masterpiece 🙂 It’s really fun to make and will help you with all your goals and dreams. Put it somewhere you can see it everyday like above your bed. Have fun! 😀

Any thoughts about vision boards? Do you already have one or are you planning on making one? Comment below!

Your thoughts determine your Results

Today I’m going to show you a tool that I learnt about at the program I attended last year called “EmpowerU”.

If you understand this tool then your life will be awesome!! 🙂 Here it is: The thoughts=>feelings=>actions=>results model.

your thoughts determine your results!

This whole picture basically means that your thoughts determine your results. If you think a positive thought then you will feel good. When you feel good you act good (or positive) and when you act good your results will be good/positive!

Here’s an example: If you say (or think): ‘I’m stupid’, then you will feel stupid. When you feel stupid you will act stupid (like not knowing the answer to a maths question or just not thinking about what you are doing). And so accordingly your results will be bad!

Now if you turn this example around and say/think: ‘I’m smart!”…guess what? You feel smart! This in turn will make you act smart,(you are thinking about your actions or you are thinking about finding the right solution for a Maths problem), and your results will of course be good!!

What you are thinking determines your results! So always think before you think 🙂 Ok that’s probably a bit hard to do so let’s just say: Think good thoughts! Say them out loud to yourself like: ‘I can do this!’, ‘I’m smart!’, ‘I’m awesome’, ‘I’m fast’.

Not: “I’m stupid’, ‘I’m slow’, ‘I’m ugly’, ‘I’m annoying’. If you say that you will be stupid, ugly, slow,..

I hope you can use this in your life and it will help you to be happy!!

What do you think of this? Are you going to try and use this tool? Comment below!

How to set a goal- a quick revision!

Now that we have all the goal setting parts covered, I’m going to give you a quick revision. Once you’ve read all the other parts (1-6), then you can quickly read this revision to refresh your mind about the goal setting process 😉

1. Consider the 7 steps (or rules) to goal setting when thinking about your goal:

-The past doesn’t equal the future

-Anything you can dream and believe, you can create

-Let your mind go crazy

-Forget about the opinions of others

-Write and read your goals as often as you can

-Have a dream book

-Tap into the reticular activating system

2. Then ask yourself: What do I want? What’s my outcome? Write it down on a piece of paper. Remember you need to think about a SMART goal:

Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time Oriented.

3. Next ask yourself: Why do I want this? What will I feel when I achieve my goal? And why is it so important to reach this goal? Will I get anything from it?

4. Now you know your goal you can start making a plan. Write down your goal. Then write down all the actions that need to be taken in order to achieve that goal (if you want to win a race, one action might be going for regular runs). After you’ve done that you can write down the order in which these actions have to be taken and how long it will take to complete each action (if something has to be done consistently then you can just write down how long it will take). Now you just need to work out when you can complete each action and you can fit it in your time schedule (the daily calender on the iphone is good becasue you can write down how long each event will take).

5. This step is the most important one: You need to follow through with your goal and commit to your plan. Don’t give up! Always think of your outcome, the thing you want to achieve when working on your goals! Things like making a dream board, anchoring, quotes  and meditation might also help!

6. One last thing: Set goals for about 4-6 different key areas of your life. These are called categories. This will help you keep your life  balanced out through all areas. Some of your categories might include family, friends, school, hobbies, money, health or whatever other things you might think are key areas. Then pick your top goal for each of your categories and stick to it!

I hope this post has helped you to get a bit of an overview of the goal setting process again. Good luck with all your goals! I hope all your dreams come true and don’t ever let go of them! 🙂

Goal setting (part 6) Categories!

Here’s another quick post on goal setting. It’s about categories! Before you wonder what categories are, I’m going to explain:

When you set your goals, you shouldn’t just set a goal for one area of your life, set one for about 4-6 different key areas of your life. This will help you keep your life a bit more balanced. Because if you just concentrate on one of your goals for one area of your life and you ignore the rest, then you are not going to be very happy and you might even loose interest on that one goal. Some of your categories (or key areas of your life) could include:

Family& Friends (or two seperate categories;one for friends and one for family)

Hobbies (It’s important to have goals for your hobbies e.g playing piano and playing tennis)

Health (If you are unfit, one of your goals for Health could be going for regular runs. Another one could be changing your diet and eating healthier.)

Money (One of your goals for that category could be saving more money and not spending everything straight away. Or you want to earn more money and you want to look for a better income)

School (Do you have different goals for school like getting 90% in your English test instead of 70%? Or getting an A in your report?)

Career (if you kind of have an idea of what you want to do later on when you finish school, then you can start setting goals in that area and start working towards them)

You could have other categories as well of course, these are just a few ideas and the most common ones.

Now choose 4-6 categories you think are important. Write them down, and next to each one list all your goals for that category. Next you need to prioritise those goals. That means writing down your most important goal first (the one you want to achieve first and you think is the most significant)  and your least important one last. Do that for each of your categories. Now you can use the goal setting techniques I showed you in parts 1-5 and plan your goals for each of the categories. And then just start working on them!

What do you think about ‘categories’? Do you only set one goal at a time and work on it or do you have several goals for different categories?

goal setting (part 5)- Never giving up on your goals!

Have you started setting your goal and making your plan? Are you already working towards achieving your goal?

Then I’m going to tell you in this part how to ‘follow through’ with your goals. Following through means that you keep going and never give up. That you follow your plan until the goal is reached. Most people struggle with that. They just give up with their goal and don’t try to finish it. It might be because they loose interest or they think it’s too hard too achieve. Sometimes I struggle to focus on my goals as well, becasue I get distracted or I’m too lazy. But there are some things you can do to keep you following through with your goal: 🙂

-There’s a quote that could help you: “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”

-Always remind yourself of the outcome. The outcome is the goal and the thing you want to achieve. If we take Bob’s example with the race (from Goal setting part 4), his outcome is to come first in the school race with a time of 11 minutes. If you always remind yourself of that, then it will be easier to keep going.

-Make a dream board or vision board and stick photos of your goal on it. Hang it on your wall and look at it everyday.

-Think of the things you will get once you’ve achieved your goal. All the positive things that make you want to reach the goal. Will you just be really happy and proud or will you get an actual price for achieving your goal? Whatever it is remind yourself of it everyday.

-Close your eyes and imagine you are already there, you’ve already achieved your goal. “How do you feel?” What are you doing in that moment? Are you laughing, cheering, smiling, jumping around, hugging your friends or family? Or are you doing all of those things? If you think of this every night, then you will become more determined to achieve that goal.

-Try anchoring. (It’s in one of my posts called “Anchoring”). Think of a time when you were really focused on your goal and really determined and you felt like you were moving towards your outcome really fast. Anchor that emotion and do it as often as possible.

If you even try one of these tips I just gave you, you could be achieving your goal in no time and the best thing will be: you’ll be having fun!

What do you think of these tips?  Would you use those methods or do you use other methods to keep you moving forward towards your goal?

What I love about notebooks…

Notebooks. They are practical things and I love them.  I use them all the time. That’s why I thought I’d write a post about them 🙂

Many people use notebooks (even if it’s an app on their iphone that’ called ‘Notes’ or something). They might use them for writing down their ideas, thoughts, 100 list, quotes, recipes or small stories. Some people use them to draw or sketch in, stick photos into or to write down their friend’s phone number. With notebooks you can be creative. Some are also small and handy so you can take them with you anywhere you go.

I have heaps of them. Probably around 10 different notebooks for various purposes. One is for quotes I love and want to write down (or some I write myself), the other is for my 100 list, then there’s one I stick photos into. I also have some for my goals and another one just for notes or drawings.

I also love that you can get notebooks with cool covers, or plain notebooks that you can then decorate yourself.

Here’s some of my collection of notebooks:

  this one is for my 100 list

 and I use this one for my goals.

 a note from one of my notebooks 🙂

Do you have a notebook (or more)? What do you use it for?