LET THE WINTER BE YOUR TIME TO TRANSFORM Fit magazine 8-12-2013
For many people, November represents the beginning of winter, and winter is, too often, a time to hunker down, look forward to Christmas and endure our work until spring. Don’t let this be a winter of discontent; let it be a time for transformation, growth and personal development. Old habits are not necessarily bad things, but they totally fail to fulfill the potential of this amazing time of year! Everyone loves the Christmas holidays, of course, but the temptation is to see Christmas as the exception in the long dark and dreary days of winter. And that makes me think about how we can turn these damp and stormy months to our advantage. We know that achievement and success are not related to intelligence or education. We know that achievement is not tied to income or age. You are never too young or too old to achieve. So what makes the difference?. There are several strategies that high achievers have in common, and one is a commitment to some form of daily exercise and personal development. They simply refuse to “settle”. Mediocrity is not an option and they are constantly looking for ways to learn and grow. They do not want to be better than anyone else, but better themselves than they were the day before, (“today i’m better than i was yesterday, tomorrow i’ll be better than i am today”) Highly effective people put themselves in situations that test their abilities and enable them to develop new tools and strategies. They volunteer for exercise challenges that make them stretch, where they can dig deep and learn new skills. They mix and chat with ordinary people who have achieved extraordinary things and are continually asking questions. Human beings have always wanted to go further, run faster, jump higher, do more and achieve more. Women around the world were recently asked what their top priorities were. The first was to look after and care for their families. But the second one was interesting. The second great priority in these women’s lives was to continue to develop, learn and grow. Many of them felt that their mothers’ generation reared their families and then remained static. These women want more. They want to exercise together, travel together, explore together and read and share books together. Whether you focus on your work skills, your parenting skills, your health and fitness – keep growing. This winter, commit to a program of personal growth and physical exercise. This will make you better at your job, a better partner, a better parent, and all-in-all a happier, healthier person.
Now is the time for action.