When the weather cools down, we add layers to keep warm. This is because layers are more effective. Sometimes in life layering is effective too. 
This week, we are discussing:

Layering for effect

What is it and how does it work?

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In my new home it has been quite cool for the last three days. In other parts of the country there is a heatwave happening and in other parts of the world it is very cold with a 'big freeze'. In cooler weather we tend to layer our clothes because it works. We can be warm against the chill when outside but remove our jackets and scarves when indoors. It got me thinking about how we layer things in life. It has been said that repetition is the mother of all learning. I'm not sure that is true. Sometimes we have one experience (thinking putting your hand on the hotplate as a child) and that is enough for us to learn. For many things though we have to practice them to become very proficient. 

Goal setting and getting is one of the latter things. This time of year everyone is talking about resolutions, about setting goals, looking over what has been done last year and spending a lot of time working out what we want from this year. I usually do this in late November or early December. It is true though that I layer my goal setting. Let me explain a little more. I do write a list in the break between christmas and new year of what I want to achieve in the coming year. In November I review what I have done in the past year. I don't just write a list and forget about it. I have many reminders. I review every couple of weeks if I am on track to achieve my goals. I have a vision board which is near my bed and one of the first things I look at each morning. Because I have some very large goals for the next 12 months, my vision board is also the screen saver on my phone and the background on my computer at the moment. 

When I was at uni I completed 3 degrees in 4 years. When people ask me how I did that I tell them I was constantly reviewing what I had to do to achieve that. Many people can achieve much more than they believe they can. It does take a certain amount of discipline and dedication though. I don't always know how I am going to achieve the things I write down or put on my vision board. I am also not one of those people who have big grand goals of earning millions of dollars in the next twelve months. I set slightly unrealistic goals based on where I am now and go after those. I think you can set goals that are too high and these can be demotivating. 

So, have your yearly list, your quarterly list, your weekly and daily list for goals to achieve. Have your vision board (we think in pictures) and make sure that it excites you. Put those things in different places as reminders of what you are working for.  And do something everyday to take you closer to those things. And finally don't be hard on yourself if, on your way to your goals, you find they are not the things you want. You can change them at any time. By consistently working towards the achievement of your goals you will know if they feel right for you. Some things that seem like a good idea when you write them down may not be a good idea in practice. 

If you have never done a vision board, get started on one soon. Collect pictures and words that excite you. Where do you want to live? Where do you want to travel to? What car would you like to drive? What do you want to do for work? Who do you want to work with? What fitness regime? The list goes on. Create a visual collage of what things you want to have in your life. And most of all, goal setting should be fun.

Here is  a sneak peek at my vision board, If you are in Perth, check out this upcoming event in Perth. Click here to view it.

have a great week.

Til next time



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Woodrow Wilson 

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