Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Wow! I’ve just been nominated the Very Inspiring Blogger Award by Laura Lamere http://lauralamere.com/2012/08/22/very-inspiring-blogger-award/. Thank you so much! Feel free to check out her blog! The Very Inspiring Blogger Award is an award given out by people who got one themselves and they give it out to 10 people again and so on…ok this sounds a bit confusing, but read on and you will get it 🙂 To accept the award you have to follow some steps. They are:

  • Link back to the person who nominated you (yep done)
  • Post the award image to your page (done!)
  • Tell seven facts about yourself (see below)
  • Nominate 10 other blogs (see below)
  • Let them know they are nominated

I’ll start with the 7 facts:

  • I have been to lots of places around the world for a holiday with my family including Canada (Vancouver and many other little towns), America (New York, Miami, Florida), Turkey, Thailand (Phuket), Germany (i was born there), Austria, Italy, Australia (I live there now 🙂 ) and some other places.
  • I love reading both German and English books. One of my favourites is ‘The Hunger Games trilogy’, ‘Divergent’ and many others.
  • I love doing Taekwondo. I’ve been doing it since I was little, and now I’ve got a black belt.
  • I live near the beach (which is awesome). I often go for runs there.
  • One of my favourite foods is Pad Thai (thai noodles with vegetables, prawns, soy beans and a nice sauce) which I had everyday when I visited Thailand! It’s the best.
  • I really like photgraphy. Whenever I go somewhere I take my camera or iphone and take lots of pictures (mostly landscape).
  • I started playing the Trumpet about half a year ago. I really like it, although I’m not that good at it yet:)

So these were 7 facts about me. Hope you enjoyed them 🙂 Now I’ll nominate 10 blogs for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award…

  1. Annies place:  http://anniecountrydream.wordpress.com/
  2. David:  http://5thingstodotoday.com/
  3. Rebecca:  http://rebeccaplotnick.wordpress.com/
  4. Lu:  http://theunwittingtraveller.wordpress.com/
  5. Marie:  http://mariewetmore.com/
  6. Lou Ann:  http://onthehomefrontandbeyond.wordpress.com/
  7. Neil Pasricha: http://1000awesomethings.com/
  8. Stacie: http://staciebrown.wordpress.com/
  9. Sherry: http://sherrymeneley.com/
  10. Goal setting workshop:  http://goalsettingwkshop.wordpress.com

These are all blogs that I found inspiring so feel free to check them out and follow! 🙂

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Some things you should know about Olympian athletes!

The Olympic Games in London started just yesterday! Millions of people are watching the Games right now, either on their TV at home or in London at the stadiums and arenas. There are 26 different sports, 205 countries/nations from all over the world, 302 events and most importantly 10,960 athletes. For some of these athletes their dream of getting Olympic Gold has come or will come true and most of them are just happy to have made it to the Olympics to represent their country. But how do these athletes do that? How do they make it to the Olympics? How do they win Gold?

The answer is actually pretty simple. Every athlete who made it to the Olympics has something in common. And guess what that is? It’s their mindset! They all have a positive mindset and a determination that got them through to the biggest sporting event in the world.  Great athletes do different things that help them win their victory. They…

  • believe in themselves and their ability to win
  • love their sport and what they are doing
  • are enthusiastic about their sport
  • train hard and practise (mostly everyday)
  • have courage
  • focus (they always focus on their dream and goal)
  • have a routine and discipline they follow
  • concentrate on the process
  • visualise their victory

Not only Olympic athletes do these things. People like you can apply these techniques/qualities to their sport or passion. If you have enough determination then I can guarantee you that you will succeed in everything you do!

Have fun watching the rest of the Olympics and cheering for your country and favourite athletes as they win their medals and fulfill their dreams. Maybe one day you will be there too… 🙂

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 4)- How to make your plan!

So now you know what you want to achieve and why you want to achieve your goal. Guess what’s next? Yes! How do you want to achieve your goal? Because without knowing how to do something it’s a bit hard to get the result you want isn’t it? It’s a bit like solving a Maths problem; if you have no idea how to solve it, then you are not going to get a very good answer or result.

To better understand this question of ‘How am I going to achieve my goal” I can chanage it to “What actions do I have to take to get the result I want?” That’s clearer isn’t it?

Let’s use an example. You’ve got your goal which is to make cold, sweet lemon juice (yes you have to know excactly what your goal is!) and you know why you want to make that lemon juice (because you are thirsty and you need something refreshing to cool down from the hot sun). Now you just need to know how you are going to make that lemon juice. That’s why you need a recipe. Or a plan, as you would call it with a real-life goal. If you follow the recipe you’ll almost be guaranteed to get the perfect lemon juice. And if you follow your plan then you’ll almost (almost becasue something can always go wrong) be guaranteed to achieve your goal! But how do you make the perfect plan?

For this I’m going to show you the steps and then use a real-life example:

-First write down your goal. Also write down when it has to be achieved and how much time you’ve got to achieve it. (make it specific.)

-Then write down all the actions that need to be taken in order to have your goal achieved.

-Next you should put these actions in the order they have to be done. How long will these actions take? Write the time next to them. Some actions might have to be done consistently like training or going for a run, so you should write down how long each of these actions take on average.

-Now you can work out when you have time to complete those actions. For that you should make a plan and write down how many of these actions you are going to do each week (see the example) and how long you are going to do them for. Finally write them in your calender or you diary or planner (whatever you are using) and make sure every action is included in your plan.

-And then you just need to follow your plan and make sure you are working through it and not giving up on it (more to that in a later post). You should also make sure that your plan isn’t too hard to follow. You should leave time for other activities like school, homework, sleeping 🙂 Have fun working on your goal and achieving it!

EXAMPLE:

If you want you can read through the real-life example, because this might help you understand the whole goal setting process a bit better:

Let’s use Bob as an example.

-His goal: to come first in the 3km run at his school with a time of 11 minutes.

-At the moment Bob runs 3 kilometres at 13 and a half minutes, so he has to improve his time by 2 and a half minutes. He’s got 5 months to improve, which means each month he has to be 30 seconds faster.

-Some of the actions he might need to take: signing up for the run at school ( this will take him around 5 mins), going for regular 3 km runs 4 times a week (which will take around 20 mins each time he goes for a run), practising short 30m sprints (for 20 mins twice a week), going to the gym (once a week for 2 hours), and stretching everyday for 15 mins.

-Now he needs to write these actions down in the order they have to be done.  Number one could be signing up for the run at school. All the other activities have to be done consistently so he can skip this step

-Next, Bob needs to figure out where he is going to fit all the actions into his normal daily routine. For this he’s going to use a table. This is how a regular week looks for him now:

Bob’s normal week

Bob had a look at his table and filled in his training plan for a week. (notice all the actions that have to do with his goal are green):

Bob’s new training week

He’s also going to stretch for 15 minutes before he goes for a run and after.

-And then Bob just needs to follow his plan for the 5 months!

One last IMPORTANT note: Don’t forget to measure your progress every week (or even everyday) to see if you are moving towards your goal! Bob for example could measure his progress by timing himself on one of the runs each week to see how he’s going. If he’s not keeping up he might have to do more training.

I hope this helped you in making a really good plan for your goal! Would you use this goal setting method for your goals or do you have a different one?

Goal Setting (part 3)

In the last goal setting part I wrote about the SMART goal system and also about the question “What do you want?”

In this part I’m going to write about WHY you want to achieve this goal and how you will FEEL once you’ve reached that goal. These are two really important parts because without knowing why you want to reach a goal you won’t have enough motivation to actually finish the goal.

So once you know what you want ask yourself “WHY do I want this?” Why do you want to reach this goal, what will it give you once you’ve completed it? Will you get something special like a trophy or medal or will it just be a great experience?

Then you should also think about how you will FEEL when you reach that goal. It’ll probably be something like excited or happy, but you won’t really know unless you experience it. So what you can do is to imagine that  you are already in that moment, you have already achieved your goal. For exapmple if your goal is to meet someone famous you could close your eyes and imagine how it would feel like to meet this person and get an autograph from them or talk to then. This will help you get more motivated towards achieving the goal and you will want to be taking action.

Now that you’ve thought about all of this, write it down. Writing things down (especially goals) is really important becasue then you won’t forget them and you can keep track of them. Keep a little journal that you will only use for writing down your goals, ideas and reflections and in which you can later plan out your goal.

So go and get a little notebook and a pen and write down your goal and the guestions and try to answer them before you forget them!

7 steps to goal setting

The next few posts are going to be all about goal setting& how to set them 🙂 So if you’ve ever had a goal (which you probably have) but you didn’t know how to set it or plan it, then here’s how you do it.

So to start off here are the 7 steps you need to think about when setting a goal:

1. The past doesn’t equal the future

 This means that if you had a similar goal in the past and you didn’t achieve it, then that doesn’t mean you can’t achieve it in the future! You can’t change the past but you can create the future you want!

                                                             2. Anything you can dream and believe, you can create!

If you dream about something and you really want it and believe in it, then you can achieve it.

                  

                                                            3. Let your mind go crazy

Think of all the possibilities you have when setting your goal. Don’t just look straight ahead, look at what’s around you and let your mind you crazy. Be creative!

                                                          4. Forget about the opinions of others

 Forget about what others say. Because this is your life and these are your dreams. If others don’t like them then don’t let it worry you. You can do whatever you want with your life and goals.

                                                        5. Write and read them as often as you can

If you look at your goals everyday then it will be easier for you to follow them becasue you will know what to do. Write your goal out on a piece of paper, and put it on your wall. This way you will always be able to read it and you will never lose track!

                                                        6. Have a dream book

Keep a book in which you write in your goals (so you don’t forget about them) and stick pictures of your goal in it. For example if your goal is to win a race at school, find a picture of people running (at the Olympics maybe?) This way you’ll have a clearer idea of your vision and you’ll be able to visualise it better.

                                                    7. Tap into the Reticular Activating System

This means that you have to visualise your goal everyday so you can stick to it. The best time to do that is in the morning because then you will know what you need to do during the day in order to achieve your goal.