WHERE THE MAGIC HAP­PENS

Start be­liev­ing in your­self and fo­cus on reach­ing your goals in life, work or surf­ing.

Surf Girl - - – Juice – - Words by psy­chol­ogy life coach Hay­ley Bisof­sky. Hay­ley Bisof­sky is a pos­i­tive psy­chol­ogy life coach and ad­ven­ture blog­ger. You can fol­low her ad­ven­tures on her blog: www.stovesin­coves.com

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.

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