WHERE THE MAGIC HAPPENS
Start believing in yourself and focus on reaching your goals in life, work or surfing.
Whether it’s getting a new job, going on a wild adventure or upping your surfing skills, now is the time to get a head start on growing the new you. It’s the perfect time for crafting new visions and setting goals that will shape your life for the years to come.
Having spent the last ten years coaching women how to design their lives and achieve their goals, I’ve got a few pointers towards your success:
1: Clarify your goals by writing a ‘vision statement’.
Avoid broad statements such as ‘be happier’ or ‘become a better surfer’. Make your vision statement as specific as possible. Maybe it’s that you want to increase your work/ life balance by going on three trips a year, or spend more weekends out of the city; or maybe you want to improve your surfing by catching five green waves each time you go in. Whatever it is, make your vision measurable.
2: Make your statement visual.
Try using the back of your wardrobe door as a vision board. Cut out inspiring pictures and quotes and place them somewhere that you get to see them at least twice a day. It acts as a reminder of what you're aiming for.
3. Follow people you like.
On social media follow the people who live the life you want to live, or have achieved the goals you are aiming for. Every time you see one of their posts it reminds you that your dreams are possible and achievable because someone else is already doing it.
4. Be accountable.
Start a blog or Instagram account dedicated to your journey in achieving your goals. Choose some encouraging friends to share your dreams with and ask them to hold you accountable.
5. Protect your dreams.
A little seedling can’t survive a storm, but a giant oak tree will live through hundreds of them. When your goals have just formed they’re vulnerable to other peoples’ negativity. In your excitement be wise who you share your dreams and goals with, to avoid other people limiting your beliefs and potential.
6. Confront your own.
In the early hours of the morning, or late at night, those familiar niggling thoughts may appear and flood your pot of enthusiasm with poisonous negativity. Fold a piece of paper length ways in half. On one half write down all those frequent thoughts that discourage you. On the other half re-write the thoughts in a more positive tone. In doing so you claim power over your thoughts by learning to counter their power.
7. Feel the fear and do it anyway.
Nothing spectacular ever happens in our comfort zones – and fear is a sign that you are stepping out of your comfort zone and stepping into the stretch zone. The stretch zone is where the magic happens and where the new you is waiting for you.