Tag Archives: goals

Lifting your thinking.

I love being in the mountains. It’s not always easy to reach the top yet, on arrival, one is rewarded with great views, cleaner air and a sense of accomplishment. The opportunity to look back, assess the route taken and get an overall picture of the landscape and environment. I also find this is an environment that encourages reflection and the time to think.

Lifting one’s thinking is then both practical and metaphorical. Taking time,  looking down, making an assessment of the overall scene. Far too often we just get caught up.

Often is referred to as taking the helicopter view it’s one of many approaches to strategising, understanding, reviewing and moving forwards. While we may be encouraged to do this in our work environments we rarely apply the same energy and approach to our personal lives.

Taking time out, which I’m lucky enough to currently be doing, provides a fabulous opportunity to determine what we really want to do. So go on…make time. Go for a walk, find a quiet corner, ride your bike. Make space and time in a way that suits you. Don’t waste chances by not taking time to reflect, make changes and live your dream.

Lift your thinking.

Destined to choose

Luck, destiny, fate. It’s all the same thing to me. Used to make us feel more humble when we do something great or as an excuse as for why things are as they are. I believe we, as individuals, play the most significant part in why life is as it is. While there may be situations out of our control there is still much more we can chose if we are bold enough and confident enough to do so.

I am of course aware that some of us may be born into different circumstances and locations, some of us may have had wider range of options and opportunities available and we will all come from backgrounds where various aspirations (or not) are thrust upon us but we can, if we desire something enough, work towards making it a possibility. Like the rest of nature however we need the right environment in which we thrive. Working with social entrepreneurs to start up new enterprises was for me a way of working with individuals to help themselves thrive or seek to provide opportunities for others. I too loved what I was doing.

When people write of destiny we are often given the sense that we were all born to achieve something incredible, whatever that may be. All we have to do is search deep within ourselves to discover what our great purpose is. Easy. Really?

Most of us however I believe meander. Some of us come across things we’re great at, some of us are still searching. We are often given examples of great athletes, successful entrepreneurs, well known celebritries, career achievers or the financially rich yet where are the examples of Joe Bloggs just being brilliant and content in whatever they chose. Great mothers, fathers, plumbers, teachers; happy amateur runners, painters, musicians; examples of people living their own lives, reaching their own goals; successful in their own rights. Having run three marathons my best time is still four hours fifty three minutes but I finished and I’m still chuffed with that. The elite runners may wow me with their speed and dedication but it is the determination of those crossing the line later in the day that really blow my mind.

While there may be some element of “right time, right place” there is still a sense of putting ourselves out there, having a go and thereby enabling us to see what’s available. We meet people who spurn ideas, introduce us to other contacts or themselves become key to what happens next. This I think is the case with work, relationships and other personal goals. My cycle trip came about as I looked for something new and was told of the World Cycle Challenge. While this particular event was later cancelled it was through that I met my cycle buddy John. I never had a destiny of biking the world. In truth, I never had the big dream of cycling the world. I loved travel and loved my bike. What I had was a situation, an opportunity, an idea – a choice.

How we live is not pre-determined. We all have choices and as the old saying goes “I chose life” and we can all do that in our own way. Just be bold in whatever you want to do. Choose your destiny and don’t stop looking for new things to try.

This is my new blog site, encouraging folk to be bold-souls. Featuring reflections, such as this piece, thought provoking quotes, tools and exercises for developing ideas and inspirational stories.

You can subscribe through the home page, share thoughts and comments and  just read if that’s what you prefer.

New year resolutions.

I have to say I’ve never really been a fan of the new year resolution. I always break them. Setting a goal based on the time of year doesn’t quite work for me. I’ve tried “going to the movies more often”, “compiling a birthday book” and “doing my filing” yet even years later these are unmet goals. You only have to see how many people go to the gym in January and watch as attendee numbers return to normal the following month to see that I am not alone.

Ultimately I think we do things we really want to do. Arbitory goals will often remain just that. We have to be ready, willing and determined to make changes otherwise we will simply remain where we are. Sometimes of course the changes we know we need to make may be emotionally difficult and we will often put them off until we have little choice but to make a decision. What is not good for the soul is to continually put thoughts aside. Ignoring feelings, emotions and changes that we have to make will eventually break us.

What I do appreciate however about the new year goal is the chance to review and reflect. It’s good to see where things are at both in terms of looking on the year just passed and on the one that’s still to come. I also believe that making a public statement of intention can be a valuable thing to do.

So, while I’ll still be continuing this year with my dream of cycling the globe I also enter 2014 conscious of the year after and what I hope to do on my return. I’m starting this blog so I can continue  a love for writing and hope to build my cycle blog following with the dream of writing a book on my return.

Whether or not you set resolutions or are perhaps a little similar in approach to me I would certainly still urge you to take time to think. Were you dreading a return to work? Do you prefer work life to that of home? Are you sitting on an unfulfilled dream?

One life. One opportunity. Don’t waste it.
Dream. Plan. Do.