At different times during the year we often find ourselves asking where has the time go!
When reminiscing we think about how things have gone – what we have achieved and what hasn’t been so successful.
Throughout each year I try to keep my focus on the positive and on what I have achieved. I encourage my clients to do this too, encouraging them not to be so hard on themselves if they don’t achieve everything as there are so many things they have achieved.
Recently I was shown some tools to use that really work to help me stay on track and focused on the positive. I’m going to pay-it-forward and share some of them with you. So here are 3 activities that help me to stay on track that you could use too.
1. Keep a Diary
At the beginning of each month use this to set some goals for the month. Have some that are big and bold and others that are more practical and necessary. For me, by putting goals in my diary I get to see them every day which helps me to make plans and take actions to achieve each one. Also, I get to tick things off as I achieve them.
2. A Success Board
Throughout the year I add colourful Post-it Notes to a large sheet of A1 paper which I place on a wall. On each Post-it Note I write an achievement and the date. Some are big and easily recognisable as achievements but most are small and seemingly unimportant. By taking the time to identify and recognise your smaller achievements you will build self-confidence and strive towards achieving bigger things. My success board acts as a large visual display of all the things I have achieved and on any off-days I have I look at my board and see how far I’ve come.
3. A Gratitude Diary
I’ve recently started to use a gratitude diary and in it I list 3 things that I’m grateful for (again small things as well as large). I start each sentence with “I am grateful for………”. This could be anything from my train arriving on time to a client reporting amazing results from her package of treatments or having electricity to make my morning tea! There have been several studies documenting the mental and emotional health benefits of being grateful and showing gratitude. Take a look at this amazing video about being grateful.
As you reminisce on the past, see and highlight all your achievements. See how far you’ve come and then put some systems in place to record your future achievements. At the times when you look back you’ll be surprised at the number of your achievements.
Sharon lives with her partner Geoff in Warwickshire and they have two adult children. She worked for over 25 years in an office environment, gaining qualifications to degree level in finance, business and management. While there she witnessed and experienced many stressful situations and suffered illnesses which were stress related.
Sharon was advised to make some changes to her lifestyle which included trying complementary therapies. After experiencing the benefits of complementary treatments, she decided to retrain and to share her knowledge and experiences to help others recognise and manage their own physical and emotional stress and anxiety levels.
Sharon has been working as a complementary therapist for over 12 years now, and she loves helping people to feel uplifted, focused, positive and empowered about their lives.