How You Can Still Hit Your 2018 Targets

You’ve probably caught yourself uttering phrases like “I can’t believe it’s November already,” “how is this year almost over already?” or “2018 has passed so quickly”. If you haven’t said them, you’ve almost certainly heard something similar, or seen it on a social media post. Yet, it shouldn’t really be a surprise, most of us feel the same at this time every year. As we get older, time seems to pass faster and faster, and it can feel very much as though it’s getting away from us.

But, instead of worrying about how little time there is left, or how little we have done with our year, why don’t we focus on the time that we have got left? There are still around eight weeks of 2018 left. That eight weeks might seem as though it will pass in a blur of parties, decorations, and shopping, but in reality, it’s as long as any other eight weeks of the year. It’s time to plan, to assess, to get things done. Use these eight weeks to focus on all those goals that you set yourself at the start of the year, instead of feeling like you’ve failed, and you’ll find that you’ve still got plenty of time to smash them.

Write Them Down

Did you write down your targets at the start of the year? If so, find them out, if not, remind yourself of what you wanted to achieve and write them down now. If it makes you feel better, include those that you’ve already reached and place a big satisfying tick next to them. Studies show that you are much more likely to get things done and hit your goals if they are written down, so place them somewhere that you can see.

Assess How You’ve Done

Look at those things that you haven’t managed to do yet. Ask yourself three questions. How far have you got? What has stopped you reaching your goals? And what do you need to do?

Set New Targets

This is the time to be realistic. Yes, you can still hit those targets that you set at the start of the year, you’ve got plenty of time. But, are they still relevant? Our needs change over time. Some of those goals might no longer be relevant to your life or career. You might have other requirements, and you certainly shouldn’t wait until the New Year if you want to tackle outpatient treatment programs or anything important. Don’t waste your time on things that no longer matter just so that you can say you’ve reached your goals for the year.

Make Each Day Count

This time of year is often hectic. With work, shopping, decorating and planning, you might not have as much time as you’d like to focus. So, make every day count. Fit in at least a small task every day, that will help you to get to where you need to be by the end of the year. Remember, every little step, is one in the right direction.


Life First, Outlook Second: Dispelling The Positive Thinking Myth

We talk about changing our outlook to change our lives. All it takes is positive thinking, and everything will start to work itself out. But, for many of us, changing our outlook does barely anything to improve our lives. As such, we slip back into old habits and negative ways of thinking. That’s why we’ve decided to flip the issue on its head. Instead of changing outlook first, we’re going to look at how changing your life can make the most difference. Life first, outlook second; it may be the only way!

But, why should this advice be any better? For one, focusing on changing your outlook is lazy. Not that you’re lazy, of course. But, the people who claim this is the way to change your life definitely are. Changing outlook requires no more effort than smiling when someone walks all over you. The situation doesn’t change. Sure, you’re smiling, but is that enough? Changing your life will have much more impact. Instead of smiling when that negative friend puts you down, tell them how you feel. You could even remove them from your friendship group. Much better all round, right? And, here are some other examples of when changing your life first is the way to go.


People who claim outlook is everything can cause damage. These theorists fail to account for the importance of looking after yourself. You’ll be so busy pretending to be happy about rubbish things that you won’t have the time! But, when thinking about changing your life to change your outlook, this is a step you need to take.

For one, you need to make sure you’re getting enough sleep. If you’re tired, even a positive outlook won’t help. Eating right is also important here. The food you eat has a massive influence on you mentality. If you’re struggling to get a grip on well-being, a change in diet may be in order!


Mindfulness and meditation is a powerful tool that helps to transform your mood and outlook on life. Something as simple as working on breathing (to reduce stress) and staying present in the moment, maybe what your body is missing. I try to practice mindful mediation every morning before I start my day and I teach my therapy clients how to incorporate it into their daily lives. 

In addition to mindfulness, some individuals tend to seek counsel and inspiration through other forms, one being through astrology, numerology and/or finding meaning behind names which for some help them to find their purpose and meaning in life. 


Positive out-lookers claim that, if you’re unhappy at work, you need to reassess. They may urge you to stop seeing it as a chore. Instead, embrace opportunities and be grateful for what you’ve got. If you’re unhappy with work, a change of thinking isn’t going to help. It won’t ease the stress or help you find fulfillment. Again, this change is short-term. Once the rose tinted glasses wear off, things will be the same. Instead, we urge you to change your life. All it takes is finding a new job. Okay, so that may not be the easiest thing in the world. It takes a lot of courage. But, it’s a novelty that won’t wear off. Don’t settle for a job you hate and try to be happy about it. Find a job you love and reap the rewards


4 Steps To Help You Achieve Your Goals While Living In The Moment

Sometimes it can be easier to stay where you are in life, even if you aren't happy. This is because moving forward and changing things can be tough. Especially when the future is never totally guaranteed. But there are some things that can help you forge into your own future. Just keep reading to find out what they are.


Setting goals

First of all, a good session of goal setting can really help you forge into the future with some gusto. But be warned, any old goals will not do in this instance. In fact, your goals have to be right to allow you to get where you want to go.

For instance, if you want to lose weight this is fine as an overall aim. But it’s not something that tells you what you need to do and for how long, and that is what you need in a good goal.

 Therefore you need to make your goals specific. As in how much weight you want to lose. As well as timed, so when you want to lose it by. It can also help to keep you motivated when things get tough to remind yourself of the relevance of your goal in the first place.


Getting guidance

Next, a good way of making it easier to achieve the future that you want is to get some guidance about what you are doing. You may choose to get this advice from an expert in the field that you are focusing on. Such as a business entrepreneur, a teacher, or a life coach.

If you are someone who believes in those who may be able to "foresee the future," you could consult a psychic chat line, or friends to help you gain clarity on what decisions you should make to move forwards. Sometimes just talking things through with another person can help you clarify your aims in life.


Learning enjoy the now

The next thing that can make our future a little easier is learning to enjoy what you have right now at the moment. That’s right, sometimes we can be so focused on the things that we will get and achieve in the future that we forget totally to enjoy what we have now, which is pretty silly, because you could have lots of great things going on, but you end up missing them all because you are so concerned with meeting your goals.

However, learning meditation and gratitude practices can help with this. As they can assist you in pulling your attention back into the present and appreciating what you have right now.


Discussing your future with your significant other

Of course, whether you are in a new or well-established relationship, if you are part of a couple or a family it's not just your own future that you have to be concerned about, as whatever you do affects your loved ones as well. So you need to discuss your plans before embarking on them with your significant other.

Hopefully, they will be supportive of the things that you want in the future. But if there is some disagreement then it's best to get an understanding of where the other person is coming from and what they will compromise on. So then you have clear expectations of what your future together will look like.

How goals do you have in place to help you meet your goals?