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“Take up” rather than “Give up” this New Year

At this time of year we can be bombarded with suggestions for our New Year's Resolutions.  A great number of them propose giving up something. "Giving up" can be difficult.  The words imply loss in some shape or form.   They can conjure up a feeling that we are about to face a struggle, hard work or tough times. For this reason I'm not really sold on "Giving up". So my proposal to you is how about "Taking up" this New Year. Here are some of my suggestions: Take up asking … [Read more...]

Are you taking charge of your future?

How often have you day-dreamed a wonderful future only to then spend many unproductive hours talking yourself out of it?  All those excuses you've come up with which put you off taking action! All that energy used up in coming up with a mass of reasons for not doing something. So rather than stick at this point, I'd like you to begin to take charge of your future by asking yourself the following questions: What do I want and why? What actions do I need to take to give me what I … [Read more...]

Committing to change

Often the toughest part of changing is committing to the change you want to make. How often have you heard people say "I'm going to lose weight" "I'm giving up smoking" "I'm going to get fit" Only to see them follow up these wonderful commitments with zero action! So how do we overcome the inertia of commitment. Well here are a couple of tips: Write down what you intend to do and when you are (1) going to start, (2)  expect to see significant results. Now tell at least … [Read more...]