Monday, July 21, 2008

Issue 477 - July Jingle Bells?

I hope Monday finds you well.

After last week's issue about the NHS in Britain, there is news this week of some big changes to our welfare system.
However since this newsletter is not just about political shenanigans, that can wait for another time, as today I want to cover a subject I meant to write about at the beginning of the month.

One of the many articles of mine lurking on the big wide inter web is called 'Quick, It's March 1st! Set Your New Year Resolutions!'

I happen to like it, as in 300 odd words it sums up pretty well why most people think that setting goals doesn't work. It's because they associate goal setting with New Year's resolutions, the kind of 'I'll give up smoking, stop picking my nose, stop being a fat arse' type thing, that we fully expect to have failed at within a week.

Of course one of the reasons they fail is precisely because we tell ourselves they will - and this is proof in its own way that goal setting works.
You tell yourself you'll fail, you believe you'll fail and you act accordingly with the result, and you may be ahead of me on this one, that you fail!

It's much better to set your goals on March 1st or any arbitrary date, because then the New Year association has gone.
Yes, New Year is a great staging post, but its too tainted to be that useful.

I wanted to write about this in the run up to July, because July 1st is the start of the 2nd half of the year, (how long before the first Christmas stuff gets in the shops...)

What a great time to assess your progress!
How has your year gone so far?
Did you have any targets that you were working towards? If so, how has it gone?
If you did exactly the same in the first half of 2008 as you did in the last half of 2007, it doesn't take a genius to work out that your life is probably exactly the same.

Did you expect life to give you something different, and if so, did you do anything about it - or, have you spent another 6 months being buffeted by circumstance, waiting for an outside influence.

As we rattle towards August, there is still *loads* of time to get things done in 2008. You can set so many things in motion, it could be this week that you make a decision which will change your life.
This is a powerful concept, yet most people dismiss it as nonsense, usually the same people that prove it every New Year with their failed resolutions.

Grabbing the reins of your life is a key pillar in my book, which I'm still proud of 5 years after I wrote it. You can see the link to 'Transform Your Life in 21 Days!' below.

Ok, that's it for this week - what Jul 21st resolutions will you be setting this year?

'Til Next Time,
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