(image courtesy of Sean Seah)
I have been doing a LOT of reading of other peoples blogs lately . . . (I love blogs, aren't blogs great!! So many blogs for many different things, ideas, concepts, etc). There seems to be a common thread in blogs around this time of year, and that is goals! Goals for life, for work, for family, goals for crafting, studying, and sport, goals for love, friends, and socialising, so many goals, seemingly so much time (is it just me, but does time really do speed up the older you get???).
So I have been thinking about what I want in my life this year, and perhaps, forever more. You see, I have mentioned before that I don't do resolutions. New years resolutions appear to be so rigid, so dry and uncompromising. To be resolute is to be unbendable, and in your life you have to be "bendable" right? So for me its all about goals and the journey to that goal. Because a goal is about setting a point of change to strive for, whether it takes you a few weeks or a few years. A goal is about what you learn along the way to the finish point, what helps to stretch you out of your comfort zone in a flexible way. SO, what are my goals for this year????
1. Grow my business - flexible goal much!!! Yes, very flexible, but that is the point. My speaking business is still in its infancy, but I am learning everyday about how to improve, how to expand my understanding of business and marketing. So when I say grow my business, I want to get to the end of 2013 and be able to tangibly "see" the growth that has taken place, whether that be through finances, networking, products available, services provided.
2. Minimise and Simplify - get rid of the garbage, you know? That detritus of life that weighs you down, holds you back, and exhausts you. This goal is all about streamlining my life, making it more about being happy and joyful in everything I do, making my life less materialistic and more about experience. I am currently in the midst of activating this goal, I am "Spring Cleaning" my flat, my office, and my mind.
3. Revitalise my Health - As you may have read earlier in my blog I went swimming the other week for the first time in, like, forever!! It was during this swimming session that I realised just how unfit I had become. I admit, I felt ashamed . . . here I was, a former Paralympic swimmer and I could barely swim 50m non-stop. I need to get my fitness and health sorted. I am starting to focus on nutritious foods v empty calorie foods. What I am putting in my mouth is considered deeply, every meal time, every day. I am also challenging myself to do a physical activity at least once a day, whether this be swimming, pilates, yoga, a walk, etc. I want to feel STRONG again.
All of these are good goals . . . and in these rather grand, general goals there are lot's of little goals, that when achieved help to build the big picture. So here's a reminder for you - remember the big picture!! Remember that each little effort builds to create the life that you want! So whether it's the marks to get into uni, that promotion at work, or even bringing new life into the world, nurture those little efforts, and the big picture will work itself out.
Here are some blogs that have inspired me:
- Scoutie Girl
- Create As Folk
How are you enjoying my website? In the new year I intend to post here on my blog quite regularly, giving you tips on motivation and goal planning, telling you stories about my life and experiences from the past and present, and also keep you informed with what it is I am doing when I go and talk to people.
In the meantime check out my new blog - it is called "Activate.Disability" and it is where I talk about current issues to do with disability, address news stories involving disability, and talk about my own life as a woman with a disability.
Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year's.
"Your Determination is Limitless"
- Elizabeth Wright