Day 19 of F.O.O.D. – Using VINEGAR to set goals

It’s day 19 of the F.O.O.D. Advent Calendar! Are you thinking about your goals for next year? VINEGAR has always been good for the body, now use it for the mind!

Our imagination is crucial for the achievement of our goals.  Visualise your goal with clarity! Know what it looks like, feels like

Be inspired by your goal. If it’s a ‘have to’ it will feel like a chore. How can you make it a ‘want to?’

A goal is like giving your subconscious a problem to solve so it will set about gathering information to achieve it. It will spark off our natural creativity to help find the right solutions seeing opportunities where you didn’t see them before

If you don’t think you can do the goal you set out to do, you’ll never even start on the track towards achieving it. Believe in yourself. Think of what you’ve achieved in the past and it will strengthen your efficacy.

Set yourself some measurements over a period of time to gauge your achievements. Little steps every day.

I’m a great believer in writing affirmations – a statement of your belief that you are doing what you say you will do and helps your mind think you’re already achieving it

And if things may go off track a little, pull it straight back on course the next day. You have more resilience than you think


Day 15 of F.O.O.D. – using CAPERS to build your resilience

Day 14 of my FOOD Advent Calendar is about Resilience and I’d like to share my CAPERS technique, a versatile ingredient for adding distinct flavour to whatever you are doing.

I think it’s really important to understand that challenges will happen and the best thing is to plan for them so that we don’t feel knocked off course if and when they do.  Also it’s good to remember that we often learn most from challenges and things not going right first time.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help.  When we include others we can see the same situation from many perspectives.

Problem solve by looking at what you can do rather than what you can’t and then getting started

Create the most helpful environment to help you thrive eg stop reading social media and comparing yourself to others

Understand your daily routines.   Who and what is helping and hindering you?  What can you do to alter them?

Develop your positive self-talk as it builds your confidence and self esteem.  And when you hear yourself saying you can’t do something, add ‘yet’ to the end of the sentence.  It will give you a sense of optimism that you will be able to do it in the future

M is for Mental Toughness

I feel as if I’ve known this quote all my life, ingrained from a young age and now the root of my optimistic approach to whatever I do. I used to think it was the same for everyone, however I realise that it isn’t the case. You see we’re only ever as strong as that voice in our heads and when it’s working for us, we’re unstoppable. When we fall over, we get back up and try all over again. Yet, when the voice is doom and gloom, it can demotivate us, we can ask our selves ‘why bother?’ and we’re much more likely to give up.

Michael Jordan once said ‘I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.’

We’ve all learned so many things throughout our lives and we need to continually challenge those experiences, thoughts, attitudes and habits to make sure we are achieving our potential. Some things will need unlearning and relearning to serve us better, which isn’t easy. However, if we think we can, we really can.

I’m holding a workshop with my colleague, Judith Kriechefski, on 16th July to share ways to build up our mental toughness and resilience. Why not join us. It’s going to be a 90 minute session, which will be highly interactive and provide you with some very practical activities to use straight away. Click on the link to find out more.

B is for Beliefs

Have you ever had a thought or a dream of doing something differently and then dismissed it because you thought you were incapable of making it happen? We all allow our potential to be hampered by the limiting beliefs we hold about ourselves; negative things we’ve absorbed about ourselves over the years, such as emotions, experiences, habits etc from the people we thought.

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Sprinkle your kindness

As I listen to the news this weekend, I’m juggling an oxymoron in my head; how critical we are as a race but also how we all pull together in adversity. Although I didn’t watch many of the shows that Caroline Flack hosted, having read the articles and listened to a number of radio shows, I realise what a talented and incredibly ‘well thought of’ presenter, she was.  With so much love and respect for her work, isn’t it so sad that the voices that resonated inside her head, were those of criticism, leading her Continue reading