New Year. New You.
Let Shelley Wilson motivate you with resolutions worth sticking to.
Week One: Motivational Guest Post – How to Review the Last Twelve Months.
After How I Changed My Life in a Year came out, a memoir/self-help book about one woman’s mission to lose weight, get fit, beat her demons, and find happiness…in twelve easy steps, I was asked numerous times how I put together the challenges, and how I decided which tasks to choose. People were fascinated by the journey I took to complete fifty-two challenges over twelve months, but more importantly, they wanted to know how I kept myself motivated to succeed.
We’ve all made a New Year resolution list at some time in our life, haven’t we? I know I wrote one every year for decades. The simple task of jotting down the goals I had for the coming year was something I enjoyed doing once December rolled around, however, like many other people, I realised most of my to-do list remained incomplete and unachieved and was typically abandoned before Valentine’s Day!
I spent fifteen years researching various inspirational tools, techniques, and alternative therapies. I read books and articles, watched YouTube videos and took part in numerous webinars in a bid to improve my knowledge, evolve my personal development, and eventually be able to pay it forward by helping others. When your life changes irrevocably overnight, it brings with it a deep sense of realisation that sounds a lot like ‘I could have done this better’ – ‘this’ being life, love, health, career, etc. When I summoned up the courage and strength to walk away from a physically and emotionally abusive marriage, I had no idea what the future would, or could, hold for my three children and me. Surviving to see the next day was all I’d ever thought about for such a long time and when I was handed that new life, full of possibility, I didn’t have the first clue what to do with it.
I’m not a life coach, a specialist guru, or a big name in the world of self-help. I’m a single mum with grey hair, and back fat, but I have an insatiable passion for life, and I want to share what I’ve learned with my readers, in the hope that my journey can tempt, motivate, inspire, and assist them on their voyage of discovery. Empowering women to be the best they can be has become my mission in this lifetime.
The decisions we make in life, and the incredible treks we take, don’t just happen. We are in control of our destinies, and this means that it’s down to us to make them happen.
When Rosie asked me to write a few guest posts for her blog, I was honoured. Rosie has been a huge support to me, as a writer, blogger, and friend. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her in person on several occasions and enjoy talking to her about personal development and spirituality. It, therefore, seemed right to share a few of the topics included in my new self-help book which is due out later this year.
Over the next few weeks, I want to show you how to motivate yourself to succeed and introduce you to the joys of reviewing, power words, setting yourself a goal, and planning for your success. Before we can do this, I want you to start your New Year off with a review and a closing down ceremony.
Reviewing what you’ve already done and where you’ve come from is more powerful than you could imagine. It also gives you a great insight into your emotions, thoughts, and desires moving forward.
I don’t need you to get all hippy on me and prepare a fire circle in the back garden. There will be no need for flowers in your hair, bells on your toes, or a sacrificial offering of two Jaffa cakes and a Bourbon. A closing down ceremony can simply be a few notes jotted down in your notebook; no biscuits were harmed in the making of this post! For years I’ve done this exercise and so I thought it was worth sharing. The ability to close down all the parts of your life/year that haven’t served your greater purpose is a marvellous personal development tool.
It’s so easy to do. I’d suggest grabbing a notebook and pen so you can write whatever pops into your head. All you need to do is focus on answering the following questions – truthfully. Write everything that comes to you no matter how crazy it might seem. Our minds are incredible tools for squirrelling away bits of information that can have a profound impact on us. By doing this exercise, you will be letting go of the past, working out who, or what can support you, and how.
- What did you do last year that you are proud of?
- What made you smile?
- Did you achieve the goals you set yourself?
- If not, why didn’t you?
- What made you sad?
- What areas of your life do you wish you’d worked on?
- What lessons did you learn?
Be honest and open with yourself because only then can your answers help you plan your successful future.
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Next Week: Power Words for 2017