Don’t delay. Start a new beginning today


On 16 June 2008 I cremated my father, I don’t know the exact time of his death because he was found dead in his home; I didn’t even get a chance to s say goodbye because he was so badly decomposed.

The 16 June is a very significant date for me because where others use the 1 January to start or renew projects and/or relationships, mine is the above mentioned date. I use this time to reflect on the past 6 12 months and see what changes I want to make how I can improve the commencing 6-12 months.

It’s never too late to start your fitness & health regime because every single day you wake up should be viewed as a new beginning, an opportunity for you to make a difference with your life whether it is spiritual, fitness, health, monetary, relationship/family, and entertainment or leisure goals.

As we are half way through 2011 why don’t you spend the next few days planning your next 6-12 months with my goal setting tips and suggestions. I have found that this approach works for me, I hope you find it useful too.

Tools for goal setting

To start, get yourself a notebook/pad, give yourself decent amount of time to get started and know that you will likely be sitting down a few times over the next few days making decisions.

Looking back over the last 6 months

To get your goal setting right start by looking back at the last 6-12 months and ask the following questions: What is my plan for the rest of the year? (Write them down one at a time with a couple lines between them). What happened to these ideas and plans between January and June? Did I complete one or more of these things on the list? This exercise will allow you to see from afar what was principal and what was obviously unimportant.

Now for each of the items on your list look at the obstacles you had to overcome. Go to the things that didn’t work out and think about what the level of priority was and what kind of obstacles stopped you? Write out in some detail on each of these things on the list and reflect on how you felt about the idea a year ago today.

Setting new goals

Set goals that are genuinely important and not insignificant lofty goals. Sadly many people fail because they’re either unimportant, too lofty and/or they’re really just goals that sounded good at the time.

Look at your list of things that you did NOT accomplish – were they really important? Are there any that you can accomplish right now for a quick win to start the year with? Don’t hold on to goals that you are not going to ever complete, simply remove them from your list.

Now that you have a list, which could consist of 3 or 50 items, either way, it is YOUR list and you now have to go through and figure out the following:

  • How long will it take to complete this goal?
  • How important is this goal to me to complete?
  • What will happen if I do not achieve this goal?
  • How long will it take to complete?
  • How important is this goal to me to complete?
  • What will happen if I do not achieve this goal?
  • What kind of obstructions can I expect to have crop up because past weaknesses?
  • What will the reward be if I complete this?
  • Are there any goals that I should achieve first to get this one done?

Very big questions and questions that require adequate time and attention…

How should my new goals look?

You have your list; you now have some kind of action plan in place to complete. Get your head aligned with what you want, get a mental roadmap to completing each of your items and then your mind can really believe these things are possible. After you have completed this list write down each goal and its due date so those things in life that can get in the way will not stop you.


All the best and make the remainder of 2011 be a progressive goal setting year. Let me know how you get on


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