Optimist, scientist, lover of heavy metal and life, from beautiful New Zealand. This blog documents my journey to achieving my goals, how I stay motivated when the grind gets hard, and any other useful tips I come across. Life is short, make every second count!
OK so it’s not actually spring anymore, but the summer holiday is the best time to actually get this stuff done! Our house and yard hasn’t looked this tidy since, well last summer… and there’s still more left on my summer to-do list.
Throughout the process I’ve found all sorts of clothes, books, and other items that have been used up, outgrown, or become outdated. Largely this is because they no longer align with my ideals, values or mindset for whatever reason, and now they sit gathering dust in various corners and cupboards. At some point in the past, these items were here to serve a purpose and a goal that has either been achieved, forgotten, or discarded.
Having this stuff around, it is a constant reminder of those old values and ideals, and old thoughts that are no longer of value to have at the forefront of my mind. This clear-out will not only give a sense of satisfaction at having such a tidy home and yard, but will also serve as a mental clear out of these old mental associations that no longer serve me!
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want or need dusty old goals taking up space in my house or my mind, so I say let’s get rid of all these old and outdated mental associations! Let’s bring in new items that align with new goals, new heights, and assist us in getting to where we want to be!
Not much to report on day 84 to be honest, just an ordinary day of grinding, organising and practicing. I am just about done with Bethenny Frankel’s audiobook “A Place of Yes” though, and every chapter in it has held a little bit of inspiration for me, so I highly recommend it!
I will leave you with a quote from it that struck me quite hard after a lifetime of heartbreak, failures, and bad decisions before I decided to become the best version of myself… take the lesson from it, and keep moving forward.
“No matter what you’ve done, even if you regret it, even if you don’t know what the hell to do next, every single thing that happens to you has the potential to open new doors. It happened for a reason—and it’s still taking you somewhere, even if you can’t see it right now.” – Bethenny Frankel
Day 37 kicked off with Day 1 of a 5-day video challenge put out on Twitter by Media Mogul, and speaker from this year’s 10X Growth Con, Hank Norman.
The challenge is fairly straightforward, making 1-1.5 minute long videos every day, for 5 days, that are engaging, well spoken, and keep his interest.
Imagine my enthusiasm when he responded to my tweeted video link with encouraging and very useful feedback for my first video! Working on my delivery is very important to me, because as Tony Robbins says, your communication is only as good as how it is received.
If I am not communicating my message properly, I want to have the insight and the tools to change that! I want you to see that if I can figure out how to go from broken, aimless, and miserable to hungry, positive and successful that you can too!
Not that I have achieved everything I want to do… far from it. That being said, I don’t think it will ever be enough, there will always be more good I can do, but all I can do is keep going until I can’t anymore. Why can’t you do that to? Why wouldn’t you want to?
Anxiety has welcomed me back to the party it seems. It is time to slash and re-adjust what I am doing. Anxiety is my “canary in the coal mine”, it let’s me know when deep down I don’t think I am on the best path to what I want, or perhaps what I want has changed, but my actions have not changed to reflect this.
Time to get honest and make some changes that truly make me happy down to my soul, and then tackle it at full steam!
Although I am committed to hitting my goals every day, some days are still more productive than others, and yesterday was one of those more productive days!
Although there were a million things to do and they didn’t necessarily come easily, I got my list ticked off, and collapsed into bed last night a little more satisfied than usual.
I’m feeling good about the new challenges coming my way, and although I don’t really know what’s going to happen, I feel I am preparing for them as best as I can, and I will tackle them head on as they come!
I volunteer at a local animal shelter for a few hours every couple of weeks, and yesterday was that day for me. It may not directly translate to dollars in my bank account, but the value I take from it on a personal level, is immense, not to mention… the furry cuddles…
Not that it’s all cuddles and squealing about cute bunny rabbits (guilty). There is also an incredible amount of, well, poo.
Giving back to the world and creating positive change is a theme that threads through all of my goals, so it was good to dig in, followed by a very productive day at home, and work at night. A successful day if you ask me!
The last couple days I had not been myself, and when I woke up yesterday morning tired after an anxious sleep, and not feeling much better than the day before, I got fed up with myself.
Enough was enough. I don’t have time to be in a funk, and it’s not me. It was time to tackle the problem, which clearly wasn’t going away.
Initially I thought I was just overwhelmed after glancing into the abyss of everything I had decided I would accomplish. After a bit more honest digging, I realised it came down to two thoughts buried deep down:
In trying to fit everything in, I didn’t think I was spending enough time mastering my craft in my own time, and that it was going to take FOREVER to learn all there is to know, and break back into working in the industry that I love (Environmental Science)
I didn’t think I was saving enough money to accomplish the things I wanted to next year
The answers to these seem obvious right?
Spend more time studying
Spend more time working
My schedule is always packed solid, so something had got to go, or at least be downsized.
After a bit of juggling, and getting a bit ruthless with my schedule, I think I may have figured it out! As soon as I came to my new schedule, it felt like an elephant-sized weight had lifted from my shoulders! The proof will be in the pudding… (or at least tomorrow’s blog…).