Getting the Most from our 2019 Goals

Getting the Most from our 2019 Goals

Every year we start with the best intentions, we set goals, get excited about them, follow through for the first couple of weeks and then old habits come back, excuses start to rear their ugly heads, life happens, and it gets to the end of the year again and nothing’s really changed.

Last year I had some pretty big goals I wanted to achieve in all aspects of my life: build a new home (we are a family of seven squished into a three bedroom house), grow my home business to a massive level, have a weekend away with just my husband, organise a family holiday…

And then life happened.  

One of my children has severe asthma and in March was in ICU with a severe attack.  As her trigger is aerosol deodorant, we decided to start homeschooling, which was another big change in our lives.  Then in July she started having seizures and we found out she had epilepsy…

These medical challenges all had a massive impact and were clearly great reasons to not achieve my goals (especially if you factor in four other children who had their own challenges).  

So basically, excuses were plenty.  

Now  don’t get me wrong, looking back at these hurdles has taught my family some amazing lessons and shown us just how strong we are.  But as I sat on my lounge on Boxing Day I started to think about 2019 and how I could ensure I actually saw my goals through to the end.  

So I started watching lots of video links, listening to podcasts, and reading journals about goals, and setting up your year for success.  From all of that I’ve come up with a plan, and thought I would share it with you:

1. Decide What You Want and Make it Specific

It’s so easy to say you want a new house, but you need to be specific about the house you want, what suburb you want to live in, how many bedrooms it should have, two stories or single, does it have a pool? If, it’s a car, which one exactly? How much money do you want to be earning from your job/business? What do you want to be doing in a new job/business? How do you want to spend your days, doing what exactly?

Spend time dreaming like you did as a child, before people started telling you there were limitations on what you could achieve. Have fun thinking about your future life and be as specific as you can.  

This is not an ‘I want to win Lotto’ kind of dream, it’s one you can achieve as a capable, intelligent, driven person that has no obstacle too wide or too high in their way. Dream with the knowledge that you are capable of anything, in fact look at your goals and double them.  If you want to earn $10,000 a month, set a stretch goal of $20,000 a month to show just how limitless you really are.

2. Write Your Goals Down

Once you have set your goals clearly, it’s time to write them down. Buy yourself a nice journal, use different coloured pens for each goal, have fun with it.  Write things down in the present tense: I am so grateful that in November 2019 $20,000 went into my bank account. I am excited that we are spending next Christmas in our new home. It feels so nice to be driving in my new _______ car (remember be specific).

3. Visualise

Now that you have written down your goals it’s time to be surrounded by them.  It’s time to imagine yourself already achieving these goals. How does that feel? Speak in the present tense.

Create a vision board, collect photos from Google and have them as a screensaver slideshow on your laptop, get a vision board app and make it your home screen or wallpaper on your phone. Surround and remind yourself constantly what you ARE achieving this year.

4. Key Skills to Master

Work out what skills you are going to need to master to make these goals happen.  It’s great to visualise and write them down, but we also need to set a plan on how we’re going to make them happen.

Achieving your goals is like any journey: you need to have a clear map on how you’re going to get there.  Identify the skills needed and commit to learning them.

If your goal is to get a new job, then what skills are you going need? If it’s to build a new house, what knowledge to you need to do it successfully? For a car, what do you need to know about it to get the best deal? If it’s to be more positive, what books can you read to help on that journey?

5. Create Routines

Now that you’ve identified the skills you need, it’s time to make them part of your daily/weekly routine.  If you want to get a promotion, then commit to increasing your skills daily by listening to podcasts, finding a mentor, reading books, or going to training courses.

If you want to become healthier, commit to going to the gym on a regular basis and trying a new healthy recipe every week.

Focus on activities that will give you the results you are looking for – scrolling through Instagram posts of other people going to the gym isn’t going to give you results, but you going regularly will.  And finding a gym buddy will really motivate you.

Start to think about how you spend your time and how it is or isn’t helping you.

6. Environment

To ensure you remain positive and motivated, it’s important to surround yourself with the right people. We are a lot like a piece of fruit – if you place a piece of rotten fruit in a bowl of good fruit the good stuff ends up going mouldy as well.  

The same thing happens to us when we surround ourselves with negative people – we start to focus on the negative.  Start thinking about who you spend your time with. Are you surrounding yourself with people who will help you stay on track?  Are you with people that are moving in the same direction as you? Increase the positive influences in your life.

7. Prioritise your Goals

Make your goals a priority.  If you’re anything like me I have quite a lot of goals I want to achieve and that in itself can become quite overwhelming.  Take a good look at your goals and pick out the top three for your laser focus. In fact, as you look at them you might start to realise that if you focus on just one, the rest will happen.  

For me, I know I need to focus on my business.  If I succeed there, all my other goals will fall into place. So make your top 1, 2 or 3 goals your priority (and instead of watching the new season of The Bachelor, spend that hour on achieving your goals).

After all, the consequence of failing to reach your goals is much worse than the pain you go through to achieve them.

8. You’re worth it!

Lastly I have realised that I need feel worthy, and be worthy, of my goals coming true.  And you are WORTH it too!

No one ever achieved anything by playing small – you were designed for GREATNESS so dream big and know that you are more than capable of reaching the goals you were born to achieve.

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A Healthier Lifestyle One Step at a Time

A Healthier Lifestyle One Step at a Time

A Healthier Lifestyle One Step at a Time

(Step One: Mind Set and Breakfast)

It was about two years ago that I looked at my family’s health and decided it was time to stop going on fad diets. They didn’t work and cost us a fortune. Instead I had to do the hard thing and create a healthier lifestyle.

Enter the FAD

In the past I would hear about some new diet, then go through the pantry and chuck out all the food that wasn’t in alignment with its rules.  I would be super passionate and begin acting like a crazy person talking to anyone who would listen about how amazing this new diet was, how skinny and fit I was going to be, and how my life was going to be so much better. I’d either join the gym again, start some new classes, or enrol for some personal training sessions and start punishing my body with a crazy training schedule.

Then the FIZZLE begins

Usually after about 10 days the motivation would start to dwindle.  The conversations in my head would start with things like, ‘I probably don’t really need to go to that many classes’ or ‘I’ve been so good with my eating that I deserve to have that apple pie and custard’ or ‘If I have some ice cream I can just work a little harder in my next gym class’. Except there wouldn’t be another class, I’d abandon the whole thing and plunge back into old habits until I stumbled onto the next diet craze.

The problem underneath this merry-go-round of eating and exercising was that I was coming from a place of not liking myself and treating food and exercise as either good or evil.  I was in a cycle of reward and punishment for the choices I made. In that space, I was NEVER going to get healthy.

A new day DAWNS

And then I had a revelation, I realised that food had to be more about nourishing my body and enjoying what I was eating instead of feeling that I was making good or bad choices. Exercise had to be about feeling stronger and more energised instead of just a method of beating the calories out.  I had to use food and exercise as a way of loving and pouring into myself, not as a system of punishment and reward.

Let’s face it we would never talk or treat our friends the way we do ourselves, and I knew that had to change.  It was time to start being friends with myself again.

So, instead of finding a fad diet and setting unrealistic goals I decided to make small changes in small steps… this was a lifestyle change not a quick fix.  I wasn’t going to go through the pantry and chuck out the bags of chips or the chocolate, they could stay there and if I really wanted them then I could have them.

The goal was to not feel overwhelmed or to feel like our whole world had to change but to take it day by day with no pressure or unrealistic, unattainable goals.

Change for GOOD

The first change was breakfast: I felt this would be the least challenging and easiest to sustain. There is less time to get into personal debates about what to eat, habits are easier to form on a brain that’s not quite awake yet, and our mornings are generally so hectic we quite often just have something on the run.  If I prepared some quick healthy go to foods then it should be an easy way of feeling like we’d started the day on a positive healthy note.

I knew the keys to success here would be convenience, not feeling like we were missing out on anything, and of course, deliciousness.

As I mentioned earlier one of my ‘go to’ naughty meals is apple pie so I thought surely I can come up with some healthy delicious apple pie tasting breakfast ideas so we can feel like we were starting the day having something indulgent but still nutritious  

First was to create the perfect Apple Pie Spice mix so I could easily add this to my recipes….let’s face it if it’s quick and easy it’s more likely to keep happening.  After some experimenting, this is my favourite mix. You may find the recipe here.

Then I thought about breakfasts that would be easy to prepare, simple to grab on the run, and full of family friendly apple pie yumminess.

I came up with three simple to easy to make breakies:

Apple Pie Breakfast Bar

Apple Pie Smoothie

Apple Pie Overnight Oats

These simple little recipes started a small revolution in my kitchen and in the life of our family.  We now all look at food in a very different way and I’ll explain how our journey continued in my next story: A Healthier Lifestyle One Step at a Time (Step Two: Cracking the Code on Cravings by Creating Healthy Snacks).

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Date Paste

Date Paste

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Ingredients

Hot Water

1 Packet of Dates

Method

  1. Place the dates in a bowl and pour in the hot water until just covered
  2. Leave for approx. 1 hour
  3. Tip out any excess water
  4. Place the dates into a blender and mix until a smooth consistency
  5. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

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Homemade Apple Pie Spice Mix

Homemade Apple Pie Spice Mix

This is a fantastic versatile mix which not only boots the flavour of  apple pies and crumbles but also tastes great in smoothies, slices and pancakes.

This recipe makes about ½ a cup of spice mix.

Ingredients:

¼ ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon ground allspice

2 teaspoons ground nutmeg

2 teaspoons ground ginger

2 teaspoons ground cardamom

Method:

Mix all together and place in a jar.

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Apple Pie Overnight Oats

Apple Pie Overnight Oats

This is a great healthy breakfast you can prepare the night before and either grab on the way out the door or sit and enjoy at home.

Ingredients

¼ cup rolled oats

½ cup almond or coconut milk

1 grated apple

1 teaspoon chia seeds

⅛ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon apple pie spice mix 

1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds or slivered almonds

2 tablespoon raisins

Method

  1. In a mason jar or similar container stir in the rolled oats, coconut milk, apple pie spice, and pure vanilla extract.
  2. Stir in the grated apple, sultanas and chia seeds.
  3. Place the lid on the and refrigerate overnight
  4. Add a little extra milk until you get the desired consistency
  5. Sprinkle with the pumpkin seeds or slivered almonds and enjoy!

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