Will I achieve my goal in the New Year?


As another New Year approaches have you set yourself a goal that you desire to accomplish? Well like any other plan in life, goals need a strategy to achieve them. Without this they will remain dreams, out of reach and unattainable.

Share your goal with others so that they can encourage you and even give you tips on how to make it achievable. Many are lucky enough to have a close family circle or friends to help but for those who do not have this option set up a blog or a website. The Internet can be used as an interactive diary to share with thousands across the world. In the process, you make friends, share life experiences and learn from others. Sharing life goals publicly might not be everyone’s cup of tea but you can remain anonymous or target a limit to the number of people who can view your online posts.

Once on paper, do not forget to read and review your goal often. This will be like a daily reminder of what you hope to do especially if you have set yourself a time limit. Add photographs or articles that seem inspirational to you or are relevant to your goal. Tips from people who have achieved similar dreams can spur you on and instil in you the desire to do what seems impossible. Use positive quotations and sayings and read them often during the day to psyche you into an optimistic and self confident frame of mind.

Draw into it the things you need to do to make it possible and draw out of what you hope to achieve and how it will change your life for the better. Include into it as many notes and reminders as you want so that there is a daily interaction with it. The more you focus on it the more importance it will take in your life and the more the chances of making it happen. If you are a busy person work around your goal while you carry on with normal life, but spend a portion of the day in pursuing your dream.

Cut out negative feelings as they will stop you moving forward and replace them with positive and motivational thoughts and expressions. It is simply a case of re-educating your mind to believe in yourself to achieve whatever you have set out to do.

It is also worth remembering that most people have goals that are realistic and which can be achieved with some extra effort and time. A goal like climbing Mount Everest will require a special person who will have to train both body and mind to its limit to achieve it. This too can be done and there are people amongst us who have done it and have lived to tell the tale.

The main thing is not to be distracted but believe in what you want to do and when you start to believe in yourself so will others around you.

Remember that ‘a dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement…’. Bo Bennett


Passion – The fuel of dreams



Allow passion into your life to turn a dream into reality, otherwise, it will just remain a dream with no fuel to ignite the fire within.

Belief in yourself and your abilities is the starting point of any dream. Until you have achieved it, do everything you possibly can to bring you closer to it. You have to literally walk, talk and breathe that dream. Thoughts definitely put a picture to what you want, but it is action that will eventually make it happen.

If it is a career advancement you are looking for, start by writing down what you dream to become. Now draw pointers to what you need to do to get closer to your goal. You might need to do a few college courses or attend university to give you the knowledge or qualifications that you require. Bring out all the dedication and drive that is stored in your being and enrol for that course. Once you have done that the dream is already beginning to take shape. It might take a year or it might take three years but the journey has begun and it took drive and passion to begin that journey.

I have a dear friend who started a degree course in Art and Design while in her late forties. Recently I attended her exhibition, which she presented as part of her dissertation for her Masters degree. It has been an amazing journey for her and in the process she lost a dear member of her family but that did not stop her. We reminisced about the time she was planning to start the course and now seeing the completion of it brought tears to both our eyes. To me she is a prime example of how self-belief and passion can be used to fulfil any personal ambition.

Passion can also be used for personal development. If there are areas of your life that need improvement or change, start researching on how to get the help you need. Be prepared for people who might discourage you or point out the negative aspects of your decision. Take their opinions in a positive light and do not be distracted or diverted from your goal. After all, it is your dream and it will take you to make it happen. Others might help you along the way, but it is your passion that will help you complete the journey you have started.

There are many popular figures who have used the power of passion for advancement. TV presenters, singers, artists or film stars, all prove that ordinary people can become anything they aspire to be if they put their hearts and souls to it. Nelson Mandela stands out as a prime example of a person who went through severe hardship for a good part of his life. In the end, his passion and vision helped him get his own freedom and his country’s freedom too. He became the President of South Africa and the only thing that pushed him on was his dream of making his country a better place for his people.

 “The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfilment” (Earl Nightingale)