Tips for Achieving Your Goals in the New Year

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Tips for Achieving Your Goals in the New Year

For many people, a new year means a fresh start and a new lease on life. New Year’s Day is a time for resolutions, challenges, and personal growth. However, it can be tricky to know where or how to begin, particularly if you feel like you ended the previous year in a bit of a rut. Here are some tips and advice to know where to start when you’re trying to give your life a boost so you can launch into the next year with style and grace.

To Achieve Your Goals, Know Your Goals

The most central issue most people have with starting to live a goal-oriented life is a lack of direction. In order to achieve your goals in the next year, you have to know what your goals are. This may sound like a gross oversimplification, but think about it for a moment. Successful, goal-oriented people do not just mention their goals in passing, summarizing them at the start of their week. Instead, they create a list of subgoals that can lead to their greater goal, as well as steps they can take each month, week, and day to achieve each subgoal. This may sound like a lot of work — and it is. But achieving success and living a goal-oriented life requires a certain amount of dedication and personal investment. Therefore, in order to know how to start living your next year the right way, you need to be able to know your goals in and out.

Combat Isolation with Supportive Friends

The next issue that most people will experience is a sense of isolation. Left alone, it becomes incredibly hard to live a goal-oriented life. However, being involved in your social circle and having a group of supportive friends or family members can do wonders for your determination. Involving other people in your endeavors not only will provide you with resources to fall back on when you have trouble, but it will also give you a network of encouragement for the times when you feel less driven or creatively inspired. This year, tell your friends about your goals — in detail — then ask them to support you. You may even be able to make some good networking connections through mutual friends, so ask away.

Be in a Good Physical and Mental Place

Of course, it will be difficult for you to truly focus on your goals if you are not in a good place yourself. Stress can prevent you from being able to fully process all aspects of a problem, and can limit your ability to deal with issues. Stress also weakens your immunities, which can lead to illness. Start off by keeping yourself healthy with regular exercise. Working out will increase the amount of energy you have at your disposal, making you more inclined to run after your goals.

One of the most important things you can do to increase your energy and general contentment is to get enough sleep at night. However, many people sleep on old, worn-out mattresses that cause fitful, restless sleep. If you had a number of sleepless nights in 2018, you may want to change out your mattress, particularly if you have been using it for over seven years. Always research the wide variety of mattresses available to you before making a final choice. Once you’ve upgraded your mattress and improved your sleeping habits, you will be able to get the rest you need to kick-start your year.

The path to success in a new year is simple: You must know your goals, share them with your friends, and focus on your health. By making a routine out of self-care and action-oriented goal-setting, you will be able to achieve your goals in the new year.

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Put the Wow Factor Back in Your Life Today

There are so many changes and developments that you need to keep in mind if you are serious about making the right life choices. There are so many things that you need to consider that are going to help with this moving forward. You need to seize the day and do what you can to make your home as excellent as you possibly can. There are so many wonderful reasons to improve this, and you should consider how to make the most of life.

You need to make the decisions that are going to help you do what is right by you, and that means focusing on the future. So many of us are happy to simply settle in life, and never want to push our boundaries or move forward. But, putting the wow factor back in our lives is so crucial, and this is something more of us should be doing; here are some of the best ways you can go about doing this.

Pursue Your Dream Career

There are so many excellent things that will help you to add more wow factor to your life. But, it’s clear that one of the best ways of achieving this is by making sure you pursue your dream career as much as possible. There are a lot of different career paths you could take these days, and the best thing to do is to look at the social way to land your next job. Using your personality and people skills to scoop the job you want is one of the best things you can do.


Become a Pilot!

Another absolutely amazing way of adding some wow factor into your life is to become a total boss. And, what better way of achieving that than to become a pilot! How many people can say they are truly qualified pilots? Well, once you complete your commercial pilot certificate training, this is going to become your opening line for so many amazing night’s out. Your future begins now, with your amazing pilot training.

Achieve Financial Success

Financial success is not the be all and end all, but it is certainly something that you need to keep in mind when it comes to achieving wow factor in your life. You want to have money so you are comfortable and can afford to buy nice things. Investing is one of the most popular ways of achieving a large financial windfall, but the fact of the matter is that this is not going to happen overnight. You need to be dedicated and sensible with what you spend your money on.

Have a Makeover

Another excellent way of bringing more wow factor to your life is to make sure you have a makeover. There are a lot of things that have to happen in order for you to ensure you look and feel better. A makeover is one of the best ways of achieving this, and you can do a lot to improve the way you look moving forward. This will give you more confidence and wow factor moving forward.

These are just a few of the most amazing things you need to think hard about before you can proceed any further. There are so many excellent aspects of your life that are completely essential, and so many of them are waiting to break forth and change your life! Wow factor is so important for improving things in the future, and there are a lot of ways to achieve this.

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3 Reasons Why Taking Your Presentation Seriously Can Help You in Life

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None of us likes to feel vain, and we all know — or at least, we all should know — that it’s our character that defines us, not the way we look. Nonetheless, the way we present ourselves isn’t entirely meaningless to the experience we can expect to have while progressing through our lives.

Simply put, if you wear dirty old tracksuits everywhere, all day, don’t comb your hair, and basically reject the very idea of putting in any effort to your appearance, you are not only going to increase the odds that other people will respond badly to you, but you are almost certainly doing significant harm to your own mental health, self-respect, and well-being as well.

Not everyone is going to be a supermodel, but that’s not the point of this. Taking pride and care in your presentation is a matter of what you choose to do with yourself, rather than the hand you’ve been dealt by mother nature.

And don’t think for a moment that presentation only applies to yourself and how you dress. The way you style your home is majorly important, too.

Here are a few reasons why taking presentation seriously can help you in life.

Your immediate environment is a collection of psychological cues. Make them empowering, and you will be empowered

You might think that your home is really just a place where you relax on weekend and evenings, and where you make your morning cup of coffee.

You may think that, but you’d be wrong.

Our homes are in fact an incredibly powerful psychological stage, and the way we decorate and present our homes can have an untold impact on our approach to life, and the way we view ourselves.

Consider this — if you lived in a dark, gloomy house, with very little lighting, natural or otherwise, and the walls were covered in macabre art of people crying and generally looking extremely unhappy with their lives, do you think you would end up developing a sunny, jovial, and happy persona as a result?

On the other hand, if your home was light, well-illuminated, tidied and organised, and filled with motivational and exciting posters from a service such as, don’t you think that would, at the very least, significantly increase the odds that you would feel happy and capable over time?

The way we structure and organise our immediate environments — meaning, really, our homes — has a lot to do with how we feel, and even the types of people we ultimately become. If you match a desire for genuine growth and self-improvement, with a home that’s decorated in an uplifting and empowering style, you exponentially increase the odds that you will be empowered as a result.

Taking care of your presentation reinforces your own sense of self-worth and your own idea that you’re someone worth taking seriously

What is true for our home decor in a more “macro” sense is absolutely true for our own physical presentation in a more micro sense. Whether or not you consider yourself physically attractive or physically unattractive by virtue of birth, you are guaranteed to like, respect, and value yourself less, if you dress in a way that you associate with sloppiness, unattractiveness, and apathy.

Your subconscious mind is an extremely powerful thing, and it responds to things that you might not even be consciously aware of. If, for example, you routinely dress in a way that makes you unhappy, your subconscious mind will end up developing thoughts along the lines of “this isn’t right”, “I’m not happy”, “I guess I’m not worth very much”, and so on.

By making the effort to present yourself in a way that you actually like, and that actually makes you feel like someone who you could take seriously, you can radically shift your own sense of self-worth and your capacity to act positively in the world, overnight.

“Clothes make the man”, dressing professionally often helps improve your office clout

Different jobs and industries have different expectations when it comes to personal appearance. While you may be able to buck these rules from time to time — such as if you’re extremely good at your job, or happen to own the company, for example — you can expect generally to have a much easier time progressing in your career, if you “look the part”.

An old maxim declares that “clothes make the man”. This isn’t true, exactly, but it is certainly the case that what you wear in different settings influences how likely people are to treat you with a level of professional courtesy and respect.

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Driving When Depressed: Should We Do It?

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It’s not something we consider until we’re in the very midst of it, when we’re feeling depressed, we don’t particularly want to do much, but life dictates that we carry out certain duties. This means, if we live a bit far out into the sticks, driving is our only option. But, should we drive when we are depressed?

What If You’re Taking Medication?

It depends on many variables, such as the severity of depression, as well as the strength of your medication. But it’s always important to keep an eye on if the medication has any effects on you while driving. Certain antidepressants can slow down your reaction times, and so, you have to take it on a case by case basis. But if you are able to function, and it doesn’t have a major impact on your ability to drive, or to drive well, then it is your prerogative.

What If Duties Override Your Own Frame Of Mind?

A lot of people feel that, even though they’re depressed, their ability to push through and to continue functioning overrides a lot of their negative emotions. It depends on your own frame of mind, but when you are piling duty after duty upon yourself, it’s at this point where you are driving down the freeway in the middle of the night, feeling exhausted  and lacking in focus, is where depression can creep up on you in a major way. The fact is, a split second is all it takes for us to get involved in an accident or an accident attorney to get involved, and the legal proceedings can swallow up our entire life. It’s important to keep ourselves busy if that is good for our frame of mind, but when it comes to operating a vehicle, there is a subtle point where it can be too much for you. This is why it’s important for you to…

Trust Your Instincts

You know if you’re not up to driving, but if there are pressures placed upon you, such as if you’re the only driver in your household, it can go one of two ways, a good way or a bad one! This is why you need to gauge the situation and come up with your own coping methods to ensure that you are focused behind the wheel. Sometimes, the challenge of getting behind the wheel when we’re not up to it can snap us out of this depression because we have something else to focus on. But this is something that may only work for mild depression and anxiety. Being depressed means that you can’t always trust your instincts. If the idea of driving at that moment in time is a scary proposition, then very simply, don’t do it!

A lot of people drive when they are depressed, but it depends on the severity of the depression, and what you are feeling up to at that moment in time. It is important to get out and about, but there are going to be times when you don’t feel like driving at all, even though the situation dictates that you must. And this is why it’s important not just to take your own considerations into account, but also if you’re going to be driving other people too.


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Out Of The Box Ideas To Help Alleviate Symptoms Of Anxiety

Anxiety is something that a lot of people deal with on a day to day basis. In some cases, it can be extremely crippling, but in other cases, it can be manageable. Not everyone can live with it, and why should you? Anxiety can be the thief of joy at times, and so you may be wondering what it is you could do yourself to try and alleviate the symptoms you are facing. A doctor may prescribe medication, but is that your own option? Here are some out of the box ideas that could help you to feel more in control of your mental health and wellbeing.

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A pet can make a big difference

Sometimes it can be so difficult to get out of bed and on with your life if you are feeling the strain of anxiety. The attacks can come thick and fast, and you can feel threatened by your current circumstances. So you want to think about a pet. This can be a great emotional support to you and websites like certapet have some great reasons as to why. But they can also give you a purpose, a commitment, something else to look after. Which in time helps you to move forward with your life.

Exercise and being more active could be the answer

It is one of the things that is suggested the most when it comes to anxiety and depression, but there is some proof in it. Exercise can be a great way to alleviate symptoms of anxiety. It could be something as simple as going out for a walk in the fresh air, or it could be motivation to start running or joining a gym. The exercise gives you that feel good factor, that can help clear your head and help you to see more clearly.

Is the answer in the food you eat?

It may surprise you, but the diet you have may be a big problem when it comes to anxiety. A junk and sugar-laden diet will only give you peaks of energy, and big comedowns when the sugar rush is over. Instead, try a diet that is balanced, rich in vitamins and nutrients and you may start to see a big difference.

Getting rid of negative influences in your lifestyle

When it comes to your lifestyle, you may find that you have negative influences, and this can be a big issue when it comes to how you feel. Instead, try and rid yourself of the negative influences in your life. From the people you spend time with, to the things that you do such as drinking alcohol, for example.

Focusing on your mindset

Finally, your mind is such a powerful tool, so you may want to take the time to focus on your mindset and thought process. This could have a positive impact on your life and help you to feel better about things. It may seem forced at first, but once you develop new habits, you will start to think a little differently.

I hope these options help you to alleviate the symptoms of anxiety you might be struggling with.

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Why Continuing Education is Good For The Soul

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There are few better ways to raise one’s self-esteem than to commit to a course of education, as the personal pride that comes from taking a course and finishing it, is one of the most personally productive things we can do to enhance our lives and career.

You’ll have probably already heard the saying “the more you learn the more you earn”, and this is true, for instance if you were to do network administration training in the context of IT, your earning ability in this field would dramatically increase, but learning is not limited to financial benefits.

The expansion of one’s self in terms of your personal development and the impact this has on your self-esteem and confidence is one of the greatest reasons to learn more.  Indeed, if you have children it’s very important you dream big yourself if you are going to encourage your children to dream big, as kids often model what you do – not what you say.

In this vein, if you are committed to your own learning then your child is likely to follow in your footsteps.

There’s a certain psychological power in progress that propels us forward, almost like a catapult – the reason it feels so good to achieve things in this context is because it gives us a physiological boost in the form of an endorphin rush that floods our brain with feel good hormones, akin to when we start exercising.

The improvement in self-esteem you’ll receive from learning something new is often a great way to deal with common mood ailments such as depression and low self-esteem.  Then, there are of course the financial benefits.  

In today’s world, most people can benefit from earning an extra source of income or improving their earning ability so that they can earn more money for each hour they work.  

In terms of making more money, there’s a simple formula to follow, as people are ultimately compensated based on the tangible value they create.  

Therefore, if you want to earn more, you simply need to create more value in terms of the end result and tangible outcome you provide; and one of the most common ways to provide more value is to get more education so that you are knowledgeable in a particular field.

You want to have a laser focus however, when it comes to the course you undertake, as education is ultimately an investment – both in time and money; so, it’s important you invest these resources wisely and not do a course just for the sake of it.  There are way too many graduates who are unemployed or working in minimum wage jobs, meaning, just because you have a degree does not guarantee you a prosperous career. You need to ensure the course you select is aligned with the trajectory you wish to take and that it can legitimately propel you from where you are to where you want to be.

In summary, education is a great way to expand your mind, increase your earning potential, be a great role model to your children, improve your self-esteem, self-worth and self-confidence… but make sure you invest in a course or programme that provides ample return on investment for the time and money you are putting into it.


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Why DIY is Good For You

While many of us have the image of people pulling legs and arms into different positions, on a comfortable yoga mat as the depiction of what relaxation is. Or, maybe you have seen the slow living and mindfulness movement as the pinnacle of chilling out and improving your health. While both of those hold high spots for being wonderful for you, there are a few other things that get massively overlooked. One of them is DIY. So many people try and put off their DIY jobs, pushing them back, until what was once, an easy task becomes something so much more significant. However, there are a few sound reasons why you should don the overalls (get a great pair from and get stuck into the job at hand.


  1.    You get disconnected. When you are painting, drilling, sanding… pretty much anything you can’t be tapping away on your mobile phone. You can’t respond to text messages as soon as they arrive, because if you were to do that you might find your paint getting tacky as it dries – still in the pot, you aren’t paying attention and injure yourself, or (and for some people this is worse) you might drop or break your phone. Being disconnected, having music on and getting on with a job clears our minds and is a much better way of switching off than forcing yourself to.


  1.    Sheer satisfaction. Everyone loves to complete a project, but there is something special about finishing something in your homely space. Putting up shelves so you can show off things that mean the most to you, adding new splashes of color around the home, or freshening up what you already have to give a lovely facelift to the place. Accomplishments mean a lot to us when we are surrounded by them each day is a little boost for us.


  1.    Personality meets creativity. It might take a while to get around to it, but the colors we choose, how we furnish our rooms, what textiles and accessories we have – even the smell we have in our homes are the parts of us we want to express on a larger scale. Like you might put on a pair of silver brogues and dance the night away, you might add a grand chandelier in your dining room and marvel at it every time you turn the light on. Both are a little piece of who we are.


  1.    Continual learning. Learning is always a great thing, if you are learning to do things like fixing leaky taps, chair legs, or crumbling plaster, then you can pass those skills down to your children. Not only are the money-saving, but they give a sense of self-reliance. And, in times of a crisis ( which may or may not be DIY related ), you’re more likely to remain calm and tune into your logical brain.

So there you have it, some DIY might be just what you need to disconnect with the world and reconnect with your calm, logical skill gathering self.

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