Self-Improvement

I’m not one to say: “Apologies for such a long wait for my next post, it has been busy, ” or something like that. But it has been a while, a very long while. So apologies. Perhaps you will find out why in another post. Who knows.

Entering a new year one surely has a new year’s resolution, or at least some sort of goal that you would like to achieve.

At the start of 2019 I had long-term goals. Goals that I set out before I even knew where I was or where I would be going. And quite frankly, the 2 big goals I set out were unattainable.

I did in actual fact have smaller goals that I also set out. Some were realistic while others were not so much. In many ways I was surprised. I did fall short on some but even the ones that were real challenges were eventually completed. The one goal was actually accomplished a week before the year ended.

So assessing the previous year I acknowledged that I was in many ways too audacious and unrealistic. So instead of making such large goals as last year I have decided to do monthly self-improvement exercises, as the title suggests.

The first challenge was 31 days without a grain of sugar. The reason why I chose it is because I am rather addicted to it. It is something I feel that I can’t live without which is not a good thing in any sort of way. It is a real challenge, but attainable.

An excess of sugar can lead to many sicknesses and diseases, perhaps more than you think. Diabetes is one of them. I have nothing against the sugars you find in fruit or any natural food, but rather any added sugar.

The problem may not come right away but there is a long-term issue when it comes to sugar. It can lead to blindness, tooth loss, fatigue in mental capacity and even produce Alzheimer’s. It’s sounds harsh but that is the reality.

It’s as if we are not aware of it and I think we all have more sugar than the sufficient amount. So I challenged myself in January (and I challenge you too).

Sadly, I failed the challenge.

On the 25th day I was almost forced to take a chocolate. I refused at first but this person was someone who just doesn’t understand the word “no” and unfortunately I’m not usually the one to argue. So I left it and grabbed a piece of chocolate.

It wasn’t even that tasteful. It tasted like regret.

But the rest of the month I held out strong. Actually, no I didn’t. I felt so disappointed that I indulged in sugar. I had too much. But it was a good challenge and I learned from it.

To set a goal for yourself you need to be relentless with it. As “V” would say: “Beneath this mask is an idea, and ideas are bulletproof.” If you are passionate about a plan and you believe in it, then it will be very difficult for you to give up on it. Even if those around you don’t believe in you.

It is already the end of February so perhaps one can start the next month with a 30-day challenge. To give a few ideas such as waking up earlier than you normally do. Read a certain amount of pages in a book each day. Or how about no complaining for a whole month!

It is still good to have long-term goals, and also good to adjust them to be realistic but yet takes you out of your comfort zone. When you write down your goals your motivation to complete them increases. Some say it makes you 42% more likely to complete a goal.

Set goals that excite you and scare you at the same time.

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Symbol of the year

I really didn’t want to have some sort of blog post that has to do with some new year resolutions because it is just so darn cliché. While this is a little bit different to most resolutions I hope you may take something out of it or at least remind you of your aspirations and remain disciplined.

I don’t take star signs too seriously but I am enticed by frequent patterns and symbols that occur in my life.

From the beginning of time colours, numbers and symbols has always had a hidden or deeper meaning than what meets the eye, even your name has a meaning that can really speak life over your…life.

This year I have decided that my ‘symbol’ so to speak is a sword. The symbol for a sword is pretty obvious. A sword is commonly used for battle and overcoming your opposition. Now I don’t see people on some hitlist on my horizon but I see a figurative battle for myself this year and perhaps on yours too for we all face obstacles but it’s your choice to back down from it or face it with determination in mind. This year I don’t want to stay in limbo and wait for an obstacle to leave but rather push through and overcome it.

Sometimes having a simple reminder of what you would like to accomplish can be more effective than some well thought out plan. I say this because there are plans that may fall through forcing you to change them. You always have a thought of where you want to be but sometimes it may just take longer. Plans change, but ensure your vision stays the same.