Make 2011 a year to remember!

Posted on: 23 December 2010 by Rhian Mainwaring

Joyce Campbell dreamt for 10 years about writing a book, but never quite got round to it. Here she gives us her top tips on what turned dreaming into doing!

1st JanuaryIn January 2010 she decided this was the year she was going to fulfil her dream. She set herself the huge goal of finding a publisher and writing that book before the 1st of July that year! She put in 100% and wrote 50,000 words in the first 19 days, and on the 30th June sent it off to her publisher.

Do you make new year's resolutions every year that you never stick to? We certainly do, but here, Joyce Campbell gives us her top tips on how to make 2011 a year to remember, by commiting to your goals and making your dreams a reality...

Dream big

So often we play small, and set our sights too low. Don't be half hearted - decide what you really want. You don't need to know (yet) how to get it, you just need to know you want it. Say it in the positive. Avoid saying things like 'I want out of this dead end job', and describe exactly what you want instead. What will you see, hear and feel when you've got your dream?

Make a commitment

So often we are half-hearted about our plans. We say things like 'I'll try'. Forget trying! Make this the year you are really going to do it - no ifs, buts, or maybes about it. So what if you tried to change last year and didn't follow through. You learned what didn't work, that's all. This year, do it differently. Expect success and take action towards it. You CAN do it. If you aren't 100% committed to your dream, ask yourself if it's the right dream. Don't do it because someone else says you should - do it for you.

Build a great team of people around you

We all need cheer leaders and role models around us. You don't need people telling you it can't be done. Find people who have achieved what you want to do, and find out how they did it. What actions did they take, what did they think about, what did they tell themselves?

Appreciate - both yourself and others

How often do you tell people 'it was nothing?' How often do you not tell your child how proud you are of them because you don't want to make them big-headed? Start telling people how much you appreciate them, and experience the good feelings that will come back to you. And learn to say 'thank you' and feel proud when someone pays you a compliment. Friends, neighbours, family, work colleagues, even your boss - don't be shy - pay them a compliment.

Look after your mental and physical health

Get regular exercise - there's nothing like it for beating stress. You don't need to be a gym bunny, but get out there and take a walk every day. Kick a ball about with the kids. Do something every day that makes you breathless for 30 minutes.

Sort out your career

OK, you may choose to stay in your current job for a while longer, but make a plan. Where do you want to be next year at this time? What makes you happy about work? What do you want more of? How are you going to create that? What are your strengths? Where do you need to develop yourself? Look for as many options as possible. Take the first step.

Plan in some treats

Build in something every month to look forward to. Your entire happiness should not lie in two weeks holiday in August.

Give something back

People who have a sense of community tend to have better mental health than people who are isolated. There are literally thousands of volunteering opportunities. Find something that you enjoy - it doesn't need to be boring to be worthwhile.

Take action

Goals without actions are dreams. Do something every single day that will move you nearer your big goals. Use a diary to plan out what you should have achieved by each week and write each day how you're a step closer. This could be as straight forward as an excercise diary.

Be flexible

Opportunities come along in the oddest ways sometimes - if what you are doing doesn't work, then simply try something else. Be brave!

So what are your goals for 2011? Are you looking to change a career or get more excercise, maybe you want to spend more time with family or take up a new hobbie. Let us know below...

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