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Happy New Year!

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I hope you all enjoyed the festive break and managed to get a little time away from work. The way the holidays have fallen this year has given most a longer break than usual. It’s always a good time to reflect on the past year and look at the year ahead. I was able to use some of the time to get 30,000 words under my belt towards my book. It’s coming along nicely now.

Welcome to 2017 - a new year – with new challenges and opportunities.  It’s a great excuse to re-evaluate your strategy and set some goals for the New Year.

I’m very excited about the year ahead and part of this year’s strategy is to build on the success I have had with Motivational Maps. I’m planning to run several practitioner courses this year starting with my first one in Kent on 18, January.

I’m planning to totally restructure the way I offer the training so that it can be very affordable. Look out for more information coming soon.

If you’re looking to set goals, make them realistic.  Each year I hear people talking about making resolutions, but who actually sticks to them and how long do they last?  Having a defined set of goals which are written down is far more effective whether it’s business related or in your personal life.

Writing them down is so critical. Did you know we have on average 50,000 thoughts a day – don’t ask me who worked that out! The point is thoughts come and go. If you want to be successful you have to capture those thoughts and commit them to paper. Two things happen if you do. Firstly, they are no longer a notion but now an idea on paper. Once they become an idea on paper there is a part of your brain called the reticular activating system (RAS) that goes to work to fulfill them.

How does your RAS work? Simple!

RAS is part of your subconscious activity. Your subconscious activity allows you to blink, breath and do numerous activities even when you are asleep.

Your RAS also works on the commands you give it. Here is an example: Have you ever seen someone you know but can’t remember their name? It happens all the time. Then you say to yourself: Who is that? You’ve just activated your RAS. It now has to go and search all the files in your mind for that information and low and behold their name will pop into your mind at some later date out of the blue.

This is the power of your RAS. Now when you give it goals to work on, off it goes, 24 hours a day searching for ways to serve you and bring to your attention the information you have asked for. This is where coincidences occur, or you notice something that’s been under your nose all along, or you suddenly join the dots.

There is one rule however, regarding your RAS, it needs positive statements as it can only take the command in a sentence. You see if I said to you ‘Don’t think of a pink elephant’ you’d have to think of a pink elephant first before you could dismiss it. So if your goals are negatively formed such as: ‘I don’t want to be on the treadmill of life anymore’ your RAS will work on the command in the sentence ‘to be on the treadmill of life’ and look to give you more. So your goals need to be stated in the positive: I want to earn X amount each month and be stress free and happy’ now your RAS has something useful to work with. Try it have fun.

A final point on this: If I told you not to notice any red cars for the next 24 hours and ignore them – what do you think is going to happen.

So write down your positive goals and read them. Once they’re ‘inked’ you can easily remind yourself of the steps you need to take to reach a particular goal or objective.  It also helps to set a benchmark and they provide direction and clarity (for your RAS), but perhaps more importantly they become real.  There’s never a better time to start planning and goal setting, don’t put things off - after all in a year’s time you’ll wish that you had started today.

Finally, always reward yourself somehow when you achieve a goal, or even a milestone, as it sets the mind up for success  - I’m heading to France for a week of skiing this month as one of my rewards – it reminds of why I do what I do!  There’s something about the mountain air which invigorates you, so If you’re heading off for some winter sun – have fun!