Cling to my Dreams

via Daily Prompt: Cling


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What keeps me feeling alive each day is when I cling to my dreams. This is what takes me away from the stresses and strains of daily life. Dreams give me something positive to focus on. Having dreams will help me inspire others to do the same. Following my dreams makes me feel excited.

Having no dreams makes me depressed. I get into the habit of thinking that my dreams are not accessible and they are just something that I imagine might happen. However, this is not true. I will prove others wrong when I do actually achieve my dreams. I am on this earth to enjoy my life. Fulfilling my dreams gives me a feeling of achievement and pride. It gives me hope, courage, motivation and takes me away from negativity. I can dream at any age, change what I dream and I have no limits on what I dream.

If I ignore the people around me who spoil what I love to dream, it gives me the ability to think independently and I can stay in my little world of pleasure despite what is going on around me.

So everyone, keep dreaming.

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My Diary: Between The Festivities

More festivities start tomorrow evening with Hogmanay or better known as New Years Eve. The shops will be closed again for another few days. People will be partying again and no doubt I will hear the bangs of fireworks from my neighbours as midnight approaches. This time of year goes so fast. Everyone spends so much time preparing for Christmas and it is over in no time. The UK is lovely at Christmas, especially in the shops. They are all lit up with lights and decorations. After New Year, when the decorations come down, everything returns to normal. I think that after New Year most people are pleased to get back to their every day routine.


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I have had a lovely few days between Christmas and New Year. The roads are so quiet. The schools are off and most people are not back to work until after New Year. It will be a shock to the system for me when the roads get busy again. I am not usually on the roads at rush hour. I teach during after school hours and I work on my business at home. I do take my husband to work in the mornings after 7 pm. That is the time when I notice the traffic.

I did a bit of shopping, replacing the pan I ruined. I was cooking sticky rice, the rice stuck to the bottom of the pan and I could not remove it. The pan was binned, but I did find a new pan which was better quality. Hopefully, I will not ruin this one. I am great at baking but not so good at cooking. There are some things I can cook well, but I will just have to make an effort to learn new recipes.

I am going to the Showcase with my business the weekend after New Year. That will be something to look forward to. I am taking the train from Aberdeen to Birmingham. A long journey. I will stay over in Birmingham for two nights. We are having a presentation through the day and going out for a meal at night. I will meet up with so many people. Some I know and some new faces. I think I really need a break. Staying in a hotel is fantastic.

The sky is beautiful tonight, full of red and orange. Maybe it will be a nice day tomorrow? ‘Red sky at night, shepherds delight’. It is not that cold outside. The winters are certainly getting warmer. Still cold enough for the heating to be on inside though.


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I will have to make my plans for this year. What are my goals? What I plan to do? Will I arrange a holiday? I am hoping to take a holiday to Morocco this year to see my in-laws. Some sun will do me good. Maybe during the summer time. I want to continue teaching music and build my customer base in my business. I am not good at making plans at all, but if I don’t make them I will not achieve anything.

Have A Great Holiday Everyone!

Festive


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I hope everyone is enjoying their holidays. The end of another year. How time flies.

My Christmas is quiet this year. My brother and sister are away in Edinburgh celebrating with their families. I am here with my husband and we went to my parents to have a meal with them. My husband and I do not celebrate Christmas as such, but I have lived here all my life and it is really nice to celebrate with family and friends. It is a lovely time of year for everyone to get together.

In Aberdeen, Christmas Day is so quiet, apart from the occasional horn sounding from cars outside picking people up to take to parties. There are no buses, everything is closed, it is like a ghost town.

However, I woke up this boxing day to be pleasantly surprised to find a blanket of snow outside, not sure if it will last. Snow is not a regular occurrence as it was in the past.

I am going to take a wander into the shops and have a browse around the sales. After the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping, everyone heads to the shops again to pick up a bargain.

The next stage of the festive season is to look forward to the New Year.

Manifest Your Way To Success


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When I first learned about manifestation, I thought this could never work. The reality is, if we really think about it, it makes sense. It is about knowing what we really want and the belief that these things will really come to us. There is a difference between wanting things and really knowing that we want. If we know what we want, we will know or learn how to work towards it. We have to really focus on our desires, this will reduce our resistance to achieving them. We are good at talking ourselves out of things by saying ‘I can’t do this’ or ‘I don’t deserve this’ or ‘there is not enough time’, does this sound familiar?


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When we focus on what we want, we think about the actions we need to take to achieve it. When we focus on the end result, it will lead us to the right path. Being grateful as if we have already achieved it, even if we have not, will also help us focus. This tricks the mind into thinking we have achieved our desires. We manifest in our minds what we have now, so if we are manifesting bad things, we have to change it.

Setting goals how to achieve what we want is essential or we will never move towards success. It all comes down to the choices we make.

Work is also an essential component. Work is success. Dreams – Work – Success. We all dream, but dreams will not become real without doing the work. The difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is successful people don’t allow anything to stop them and they take action towards what they want. Unsuccessful people don’t take action because they talk themselves out of things. Put this into practical use. I have learned from teaching that success when learning a musical instrument depends if we give up or continue to practise.

When we make the decision to be in a good mood, people will want to be around us. Thinking positive not only makes us feel good, but makes positive experiences, negative thinking makes negative experiences. When things go wrong, success depends on picking ourselves up and trying again.

Above all, learn to be patient. Success takes time and things do not happen overnight.

There are many motivational speakers to look up and learn more about manifestation such as Jim Rohn, Tony Robbins and Wayne Dyer.

YouTube. (2016). Jim Rohn- See Things That Do Not Yet Exist. [online] Available at: https://youtu.be/cID5nJU2LW8 [Accessed 27 Dec. 2016].

Reiki Healing


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Reiki means universal life force energy. It is a system of healing to wash away and remove unhealthy energy. Gratitude is used as one method of healing taught by Dr. Randolph Shipon who is a psychologist and Reiki master.

Reiki can be used for relaxation, healing pain, anxiety, worries, stress and aids general well-being.

YouTube. (2016). Learn Reiki in Ten Minutes. [online] Available at: https://youtu.be/0DDw0BrIXrk [Accessed 27 Dec. 2016].

How To Stop Procrastination And Achieve High Productivity


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We are all guilty of hesitating and talking ourselves out of doing something. There are ways to take action by following these few steps.

Be selective with tasks. Start the most difficult first even though it is tempting to do it last, it will be done and you can relax. Prioritise each task so if it has to be done, it cannot be left to the next day. Complete each task you set out to work on.

Develop habits through practise and repetition. Tasks will eventually be part of your daily routine. You will feel more positive when you achieve what you need to do.

Have clear, written goals and set deadlines so they are achieved. List what you have to do, set out a plan and do something each day towards achieving them.

Plan each day in advance. Plan what you are going to do that day and when. Do the most important tasks first and anything that is not completed that day, do tomorrow. Each completed task can be ticked off your list.

Focus on high value tasks that achieve more. This can be activities that help you achieve your goals. Hard work has positive consequences. Procrastinate on low value tasks that can be left undone and there will be no loss. Cut back on time-consuming tasks and activities such as watching TV.

Use ABCDE to prioritise tasks. A as a very important task that has to be completed quickly. Do it before anything else. Delegate tasks that can be delegated. Do tasks yourself that can be done only by you so, if you do not do it, it does not get done at all. Improve on areas where you perform poorly.

Take tasks a step at a time. Concentrate on three tasks so you do not get overwhelmed. When you have completed a task, add another to your list.

Balance work with family. Moderation in all things is important for your well-being. Work hard when you are working and relax and spend time with your family when you are not working. The more time you spend with people, the happier you will be.

Prepare before you start. Gather everything for the task, lay it out and get started. One step at a time.

Keep learning new things. This gives you confidence. It will make you more productive and effective.

Identify what you do well and enjoy. What you learn in life can never be taken from you. Identify weaknesses and find a solution.

Put a little pressure on yourself. Set high standards. Imagine that you have only today to achieve your tasks. Imagine you are going away on holiday the next day and you have to complete your tasks before you go.

Overworking can affect how well we produce and we start to make mistakes. Work on the time of day you function best. Get enough sleep, so go to bed early. Have a day off in the week so you can recharge and go on holiday regularly. Eat healthy and take exercise.

Motivate yourself through positive talk, being optimistic is important for motivation and success. Always talk positively to others. You become what you think about.

Take time away from technology. Turn it off at regular intervals. It gives you time to gather thoughts. Technology can be addictive.

Cut your tasks down and do one part at a time. Set aside time for tasks such as; calls, reading, etc. Organise them into time periods to achieve the task.

Develop a sense of urgency, build up momentum and get tasks done quickly and fast so you have time to start new ones.

Self-discipline is the key with periods of hard concentrated work with no distractions or diversions.

Following the above steps will prevent procrastination and you will achieve your highest performance and productivity.

Tracy, B. (2007). Eat that frog!. 1st ed. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.


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The Passive Income


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Having total freedom to live our lives the way we want to live is something we all dream of. Getting paid whether we are at work or if we are ill, we are still making money. This is called a passive income.

There are many ways to make a passive income such as, through the rental of properties or joining a network marketing company.

When we decide the way we want to make a passive income, we should spend our time learning how to do it and then we can reap the rewards. However, it is a journey that takes time, it does not happen overnight.

We should have goals and dreams to motivate us. Write them down in present tense as if they have already happened. Keep a notebook or journal of all the goals and dreams that we want. Belief is what keeps us motivated, doubt and hesitation is self-sabotage, we will never get around to doing anything with that approach.

Learn three simple steps and keep it simple, do not complicate things. For my business the three steps are retail, sponsor and training. Write down goals that get us excited, limit to three, then add more each time one has been accomplished.

How we interpret a situation is what drives our actions to succeed or fail. For example, if we were to fail in a business, depending if we pick ourselves up and brush ourselves off would depend on how we looked at the situation. The first scenario would be saying to ourselves, “I am no good at running a business, I might as well give up” with a different scenario, “I am going to learn more about how to run a business and try again”. How we feel about a situation guides how we take action. Holding onto our beliefs is the way to succeed.

Adler, J. (2011). Beach Money. Cork: BookBaby.


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Visualise Your Dreams

Keeping motivated can be challenging. Using a vision board can be an effective way of visualising what we want. It creates a desire and helps us keep motivated and stay focused.

A vision board can be changed if we want, it can be done weekly, monthly or yearly. It is a simple board with pictures of what we desire and what inspires us. We must look at it on a daily basis and it has to be put somewhere that it can be seen every day.

My first picture on my vision board would be my income. I want to work towards earning £2000 per month. Over time this will change, but for now, this is what I want to earn.


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My next picture would be owning my own property. I would like to own a house with my own swimming pool.


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I would also like to own a property abroad. Morocco would be a place I would love. The weather is good all year round and it is not too far from the UK.


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I want to work on my relationships. I will not be able to keep everyone happy and I want to stay out of hostility, so I will spend time with those who want to spend time with me and who help me grow. I want to feel that I can get on with my life and enjoy it in a positive and happy way.


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I want to create a good balance between work and pleasure. I want to have time with family and friends, doing the things I love and not spending all my time working.


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Working on my personal development is very important to me. It will guide me in the right direction in my life and help me grow and be a better person. To achieve this, I want to read one personal development book per week.


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Finally, I want to visit places I have not been to before. Experience new cultures, new food and new people.


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Each day I will look at my vision board to inspire and motivate me.

John Assaraf, Jim Rohn and Tony Robbins have information on how to create your vision board.

Winning After Losing Your Job


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Experiencing the loss of a job can be traumatic for anyone. We go through a series of emotions such as anger and embarrassment. However, there are ways that can help us cope.

Getting support from those around us is vital. We will not feel so isolated and alone if we have someone to talk to about how we are feeling. Kind words can build us up again. Attitude drives our action and our atmosphere impacts our attitude. So getting encouragement will produce a positive attitude.

Being careful with money is wise, but we should still do things that we enjoy no matter how small. We should not associate ourselves with what we do for a living as giving us our value. We should look back at all the things we have accomplished as this builds our self-esteem. We should look at the good things in our life and be honest with our emotions. Repressing our feelings leads to depression. Keep pursuing our passions and do the things we love.

Balancing work and family in our lives will produce a healthy well-being. Forgiveness is important as it benefits the person forgiving more than anyone else. We can move on and live a fulfilling life. We should not dwell on what has happened.

Feeling like a victim is normal for all of us but we cannot remain stuck there and become bitter and angry as it will paralyse us. A crisis can help us develop into stronger people.

Laveist, Wil. Fired Up. [United States]: Xulon Press, 2008. Print.

10 Habits For Success


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There are ten habits that keep us on track to success.

The first is keeping good habits each day. Reviewing them in the morning, at lunchtime and at night. Sticking to good habits help me work towards a better lifestyle. This is watching less television, exercise more, fill my mind with more positive information, reduce my time surfing the internet and eat healthier.

Second is listing my goals so I know what I want to achieve and if I am on the right track. Setting time to complete them, mark them off as I complete them, focus on them everyday using a vision board with pictures of what I want to achieve.

  • Everyday Goals:  Posting to my selling group, check my emails, read a little each day to educate myself, do my phone calls, advertising products through catalogue delivery, deliver products to customers, have some me time and keep on top of my household chores.
  • Monthly Goals:  Build my customer base so I am earning £1000 per month on retail, generate fifty prospects per week, sponsor two prospects per week, attend a meeting each month, keep in touch with friends, do something nice with a friend on a regular basis and read one book per week towards my personal development.
  • Yearly Goals: Have a holiday at least once a year to get away and recharge, also work towards earning £3000 per month through sponsoring and retail.
  • Long-Term Goals:  To own my own home, own a holiday home abroad and have financial freedom.

Third is working on improving myself. I must expand my knowledge through education in reading and attending courses. I must reduce my time on the internet and the TV. It is important to use my time wisely.

The fourth is caring for my health. I have to choose healthier snacks and meals. Take a bit of exercise which will improve my body and mind. Take note of what I eat, but I will give myself occasional treats as I do not want to make my eating habits so strict that I do not get any pleasure out of my food, it is just about monitoring calories and ensuring that I am getting plenty of fruit and vegetables.

The fifth is maintaining lifelong relationships. People are a very important part of our lives. I will remove harmful people from my life as they will not let me grow. Investing and taking the time to make others happy makes us feel good, such as remembering birthdays.

Sixth is living in moderation. Do not starve ourselves of things but do not overindulge. Keep life balanced, do not be extreme, resist the opportunity to binge, keep a moderate mindset.

Seventh is to accomplish tasks. Do what I can do, be proactive, do not procrastinate and keep control of my life.

The eighth habit is keep thinking in a healthy way. Remain positive, enthusiastic and happy. Keep control of emotions and not allow bad thoughts to alter a positive mindset. Stay away from the causes of fear and anxiety such as the media. Watch and read positive information and be good to myself.

Ninth is to save 10% of my gross income each time I get paid. Pay my pension and keep some savings.

Finally, the tenth habit is to control my thoughts and emotions. Keep negative feelings such as anger and jealousy out of my mind, instead replace them with kind thoughts and positive emotions.

Corley, Thomas C. Rich Habits. Print.


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