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Planning to the end of the year

Time to think

This is a good time to reflect on the first 6 months of the 2017 if you have not already done so.   Yes, just over half the year is already over. How did it go for you? How about those new year’s resolutions? Have you progressed your 2017 goals?  At this stage there can be no illusions about progress towards your goals or lack of it. Either you have made progress or perhaps you cannot even remember what your new year’s resolutions were?  January seems such a long time ago now.

The message I want to get across in this article is So What if you did not make the progress you expected!  The past is over so don’t beat yourself up about it.  Guilt over wasted opportunities and time is futile and will not change anything.  Let go of that guilt now.  Even if the first six months of the year went completely off-track you can make the next six months great and finish 2017 strong.  There is still plenty of time to make 2017 a year of goal achievement, steady progress towards your big goals and personal growth.

Now to action!  I want you to think of one thing that you can change in your daily routine which will positively impact your life in the next 6 months?  For example could you get up an hour earlier in the morning and use that time for personal reflection, goal setting, learning or planning your day ahead?  Could you spend some time each evening reviewing your day and planning tomorrow?  Can you build exercise into your daily routine if you have not already done so?  If you need more ideas to transform your life over the next six months then check out my book ‘Experiments in Personal Change‘. Commit right now to making at least one change in your life.  Change now, change today!  Its only through doing things differently that we can make the second half of 2017 much better than the first.  Action from today onward is key.

Who are you creating today?

Have you ever had the thought that an older person is the offspring of their younger self.   What did that person think 10, 20, 30 or more years ago?  Their thinking or lack of it has led to certain actions or behaviors which have led them to where they are today.  Are they in a good place today?

You are the parent of your future self..

Of course that applies to me and you too –  our past selves are our parents and we are the offspring.  In a sense we are all the children of our past thinking.  I say thinking because what we think leads to how we act.  Our action or lack of action has a major impact on our circumstances.  Small daily actions lead to big changes and results over time.  If you smoke every day then in 5 or 10 years time the effects will be very apparent.  If you eat well and exercise every day then the results will be very clear in time. The question to ponder is who are you creating today?  Who will you be by the end of 2017?  Will you be a better person – healthier and happier?  Will you be a person on the path to wealth or a person of on the path to poverty?  What trajectory are you on today?  We are creating our future selves with our thoughts and our actions today.

So let’s take time out today from the hustle and bustle of daily life to reflect and decide who we want to be by the end of 2017 or by 2020.  We are all busy but we must take the time to reflect – even for 10 minutes.  Decide to create your future self to be the person you want to be.  Take control and create your future self.

PS.  My book ‘Experiments in Personal Change’ might just help you create the future self you want.

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This book is about taking six key personal growth areas and experimenting with them in your life. The experiments are written in such a way as to make them actionable so that you can put them to the test and observe the results yourself. The information contained in the book is designed to be short and easily digestible. If you read this book and take action by trying out the experiments in your own life and reflect on the results, then you will gain knowledge that can change your life for the better.  Please see the link below: