Wednesday, 3 February 2016

A Positive Approach

Missguided Skirt - Topshop Tee - Zara Boots - Primark Clutch 

So it's been a little while since my last post and it certainly wasn't how i had planned to kick off 2016, but some times that little old thing called 'life' gets in the way. 

The end of 2015/start of 2016 saw me take about 100 leaps back in my aim to maintain a positive outlook on life and in short - Self doubt took over. After with struggling with this for years i know it's most likely never going to truly go away but if i'm honest i'm bored of it taking over & spoiling any good idea i have be it personally or professionally. 

January 2016 for me was about taking time out from my slightly regimented routine of work, gym, business projects, to sit back reflect, re-focus & get back that control on my 'outlook'. This post was meant to pop up on the 1st of February and then BAM something happened in my personal life which has thrown me for six but 4 days on with little to no sleep & a head full of confusion, i'm really trying to keep on track booking in dates with some of my favourites who i know will refuse to see me with anything less than a smile on my face. For me, surrounding yourself with those who value you for who you are today and not what you might be in 5 years is pivotal in maintaing a healthy mindset.

The points i'll be reminding myself of regularly: 
  • You are your own worst enemy. When setting yourself a new goal don't expect too much from yourself. The best things in life take time. Every step forward is progress, no matter how small. Take time out from each day to reflect on the positive progress. 
  • There will always be those ready to bring you down. One lesson i've learnt the hard way; no matter how happy/excited you are about a new goal or project there will be at least 1 person in your close circle who will casually throw in a dose of negativity. They aren't you, they aren't trying to achieve what you are, so why let their opinions affect your progress?
  • Look for positive inspiration. With social media taking over it's easy to see your feeds full of those with a seemingly perfect life. But remember - you can edit out anything you wish when sharing only a snapshot of your life. Don't focus on these individuals, use them to push you to succeed by all means but find those who will inspire you instead of making you doubt yourself. 
  • Stop comparing yourself to others. Now this will be my biggest challenge. My goals in life aren't the same as anyone else's out there, on the surface yeah we all want to earn more and travel more etc etc. But the reasoning behind it will be different.  For example; I like to train & try to keep a healthy diet. I've suffered with an unhealthy approach to food and personal body image for over 10 years, so for me the battle is daily to ensure i don't slip back into surviving on a diet of black coffee, hours of cardio & not much else. A personal goal is just that;personal.


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