Posted on 8:45pm Tuesday 8th Jan 2013
Listed under: Tips and Resources
New Year's resolutions are supposed to be about having a fresh new canvas - upon which we can paint anything we like. We can say goodbye to the old year and hello to a new one, our old mistakes can officially be memories, our future limitless. But, according to statistics, around only 45% of the UK make resolutions, and by January 15th most of those have been broken. Why? Perhaps the time that we have off from our normal lives over Christmas allows us the time to dream, but once we head back to work, and the kids go back to school, those dreams are put to the back of our minds, as our daily resolutions just to get through the day and remember all we have to do, becomes an achievement.
So how do I set my goals and achieve them? The short answer is, I'm specific about what I want and I stay focused on them.
Too many people reflect on their last year and say things like 'next year will be different,' or 'I want a new ____________ (fill in the blank)', and this is not specific enough. The brain has to cope with thousands and thousands of bits of information per second; take a moment right now to notice how your feet feel in their shoes, or how one hand tingles slightly more than another. This is of course information you don't need, so you delete it. If you place little importance and clarity on your goals, they will also take a back seat and your brain will forget to notice all the opportunities you had to achieve it.
Staying focused may also be something you find difficult, so grab your diary, and pen in some 'me time' - make this daily if you can, but weekly is fine. If you do not see making this time as important, what are you saying about yourself, and about your goals? What you want is important - you just need to believe it! Notice all the opportunities achieving this goal will give you too...for example, once you lose weight you'll feel more confident and motivated, when you feel more motivated you can decorate the house, once you've decorated the house you can feel comfortable inviting friends over, once you have friends over you can feel happier and more relaxed, once you feel more relaxed you can notice that job opportunity....you get the drift! With your 'me time' you can do one thing with each time slot to take a step towards achieving your goal.
Sam Holman supports people in achieving their goals, in a way that is perfect for them through one to one coaching or workshops. If you'd like to know more on how to set goals in a really empowering way, you can get her free audios from http://www.holsamlifecoaching.com/. You can also like her on Facebook and follow her daily posts to keep you motivated -http://www.facebook.com/holsamlife
Posted on 7:44pm Saturday 5th Jan 2013
Listed under: Business Mum of the Month
Hi, I’m Jayne Freemantle, I’m 39 years old, married to the most wonderful patient man and a mum to 3 amazing children ranging in age from 7 to 18.
My business is The Gift Basket, I set it up in 2006 after there were a run of babies in the family and being stuck as to what to buy at the time – it started with a very simple concept – a laundry basket and filling it with all the essentials you would need for the first days, weeks and months of enjoying baby. This expanded offering baskets for all occasions including Christmas Baskets, now we offer novelty gifts as well as Special 3D Pinned cards for all occasions and the list goes on….most of which are either handmade or hand-decorated.
Looking for something to further my business - I returned to college in 2010 to retrain as a Florist – leaving in July 2012 – I qualified with a distinction in Level 2 and Level 3 Advanced Floristry and I am now a freelance Florist working from home. This fitted perfectly with The Gift Basket and in late 2011, just before finishing college I launched The Flower Basket which offers everything floral that you could possibly need and not forgetting The Cake Basket too – offering traditional home made and decorated cakes for any occasion.
I am lucky to have found a craft that I love doing but to find 3 or more is fulfilling my need and my escape from the day-to-day stresses and strains!
I have always lived by the saying – ‘Once a crafter always a crafter’ – and the majority of my family are very artistic and creative and I love the time when my children create with me.
As like any mum, we are always busy –and there are always many other strings to our bows and one of mine is helping my husband with his business by doing his book keeping, networking, advertising and general day-to-day administration work at Gorilla (UK) Ltd.
Between us, my husband and I have also launched a networking and support group for builders in the construction industry which as you can appreciate is wide, varied and vast – which after having our own ups and downs in business we found there was very little support for builders that were in business whether sole traders, limited companies or partnerships and being able to help each other was essential – so recently The Builder’s Backbone Networking and Support Group was launched!
I love to be busy and really enjoy the fun and games I have with them and every day they amaze me with their talent – and would hope that between their dad and I, we have inspired them to follow their dreams and enjoy life!
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