But as the year moves on, are we able to keep motivated and not loose track?
We are stepping into the second month of the 2018.. February: no more #veganuary #dryjanuary or #newyearfitnesschallenge, but does that mean that we can go back to a wild life once again.
It seems that a lot of people have accepted new challenges this past month, wether this was because they actually wanted to change a habit, or simply get more attention on social media…I am still trying to figure that out.
In anyway a challenge is always a good thing to do! It gets you out of your comfort zone, makes you find more motivation and probably become more conscious.
In one way, I sometimes relate CHALLENGES with DIETS, as they can potentilly end with a very similar effect. Once completed a challenge you should feel proud and happy that you found the motivation to stick to that goal. From here, you should just take a step aside and reflect. The worst thing you can do is jump back into the old habits, because most probably it will be worse than before!
In order to avoid this JOJO EFFECT and to keep smashing this NEW YEAR, here are some things to consider:
LOOKOUT FOR YOUR MISTAKES
We all make little mistakes every day, that deep inside us we wish we did not do. (Looking at your phone before bed, drinking too much coffee rather than water, snoozing the alarm or even work too much).
The best word that will help you find/solve your “little mistakes” is HONESTY. Why? Because if you have a clear understanding of where you are going wrong, then eventually you will want to take the lead and change.
WRITE AN ACTION PLAN
We can all sit down and dream about changing our lifestyle or reaching a specific goal, but taking action and writing a step by step is the hard bit. I believe that the best way to stay on board with a challenge is by building it up. By writing a plan you will find that everything has its place and order, this will make the whole process smooth and not too crazy.
TALK ABOUT IT
Did you know that just by telling someone about what your are doing or want to achieve, you have more of a chance in succeeding … find your best mate or a close family and tell them about the goals you want to reach, don’t be afraid of keeping it to yourself.
This is when INSTAGRAM can come very handy!!!! Look out for your favourite and most inspiring profiles. Use them as a reference.. not to copy! but as a way of finding motivation and keeping your thoughts alive. I always tell myself…IF SHE CAN DO IT, I CAN DO IT.
CHANGE YOUR WAY OF THINKING
YES YOU CAN!!! Those are my 3 words for you. Nothing is impossible in this world. It is time to feel excited and to really find new opportunities in life. IF YOU REALLY WANT IT, then go for it, and leave the old negative thoughts behind. Having a positive attitude will help you succeed and grow much faster than you think.
Dont just drop all your goals and leave them behind! Be mindful and have think about where you want to be or feel by the end of this year! WRITE YOUR GOALS DOWN and don’t GIVE UP!!! (nothing is easy in this world, but as soon as you achieve the unreachable you become the most satisfied person ever!)
A movie that talks about reality, pain and ambition… Sergei Polunin tells his story of how he was dancing on top of his own burning flames
With no limits and sculpted by the Media and the Dance industry, Sergei was made blind by the spotlight as he was became prisoner of his own self. Craving for success and fighting through his own passion he was named “Graceful Beast” and was soon known as the most talented ballet dancer anyone has ever seen.
Oscar nominated and film director Steven Cantor was keen to resolve Sergei’s controversy and public image. Intrigued to know the hidden reasons of why this young dancer was portraying himself as the “Bad boy of Ballet”, Steven decided to capture the moments of pain, sacrifice and desire… No acting or special effects, this is a film that shows the true reality of an artist who lived under a shadow and who was suffering in his own world.
FINDING THE MEANING OF DANCE
The production of the film DANCER took a total of 4 years to complete, and this wasn’t just “the making off” process that took so long, it was more about the process of building trust and confidence between Sergei and the film crew. These 4 years of film making became the prime answer for Sergei to decide that he wanted to stop dancing. But there was one last message Sergei wanted to say before he turned the page… He wanted to create a final dance piece that would be part of the film and would represent his “last dance”.
Creative minds got together and TAKE ME TO CHURCH was soon to become one of the most breathtaking and powerful pieces in the history of dance. Choreographed by his best friend Jade Hale-Christofi, “Take me to Church” was made as the true reflection of Sergei’s hard work and soul.
9 hours of emotions… It was 9 hours of shooting and 9 hours of crying. After the shoot Sergei felt incredibly overwhelmed with the amount of feelings and memories and from that moment he knew that there was somewhere in his heart telling him not to give up. With an unsuspected pre-release of the dance video, the final decision for him to change his mind and return to dance, became very clear…It only took a few days for the video to get thousands of views and to go viral. Sergei’s message had become a light of inspiration and empowerment for hundreds of children and ballet dancers.
MAKING AN IMPACT
It took years of determination, structure and long hours of training for Sergei to become the Artist he is nowadays. The more years he spent dedicating his life into his career, the more he realized how little power his voice had.
After he left the Royal Ballet, he became very aware of how rigid the lifestyle of a Dancer can become and how difficult it can be to find support. This is why he created PROJECT POLUNIN a program that connects with Dancers, Choreographers, Artists and Musicians with the aim to open space and to build more opportunities in the Dance world.
DANCER FILM a documentary that tells the story of a genius, an artist and a rebel that has made a change in the world of BALLET.
Watch at home: http://www.dancermovie.co.uk/watch-at-home
HEALTHY FIT FRAN was created with the aim of becoming a name and an influencer in the blogging and health & fitness scene. “I was keen to jump into this world and to share my passion.” The problem was that I had no clue how to start and I did not know anyone who could help me. I only knew one thing and that was: when you see an opportunity YOU TAKE IT!
Opportunities come and go in our life’s every single day, sometimes they appear as a consequence to a problem or sometimes they come as a result to what we do. We tend to think that this word relates to luck, blessings or that they simply come ̏out of the blue”, but the truth is that most of the time these golden opportunities come because of your own personal merits and hard work.
From working with some top brands in the fitness industry and also meeting some amazing people, I have learnt that there are always a few factors that we need to keep in mind when it comes to finding the right opportunities. That is why I have chosen my top 5 WORDS, which hopefully will give you a better guidance and inspiration when it comes to developing your brand, name or blog.
Being smart doesn’t mean who had the best grades or best knowledge; it means knowing where you stand, knowing your positive and negative qualities and also being able to find solutions.
In other words: using your brain and thinking out of the box. We will not get any opportunities if we stick to the same things that everyone is doing, spend some time in thinking a bit more on what you want to say as a blogger, be creative, suggest new ideas and use the media to find inspiration and help.
We all know that whoever seeks will find. When we wish for something, we normally feel the call to make it happen and that is when our inner thoughts will come and work as a team (desire and the inner you). We need to constantly tell ourselves that ̏we will” or that ̏we can” and be proactive and patient.
When it comes to the blogging world one of the best things you can do is getting in touch with people or brands. (Write a friendly email, explaining who you are and that you are keen to work and share their brand values or use social media as a way of staying in touch and finding out more about the brand and the person).
A happy face will always get you to the other side. By smiling people will find it easier to connect with you and establish better relationships, as this is probably the most welcoming gesture. A grin on your face will always be remembered, and by giving a one big smile you could have the power to start a conversation, attract someone or release calm.
So if you are ever stuck in an awkward environment, simply smile and you will probably get a smile back.
Having good communication skills is probably one of the most important things when it comes to finding the right opportunities. And when I talk about being social I am not referring to social media (who has the most followers, likes, etc.) that is one small piece of the puzzle. Social is about being able to start a conversation, create a discussion with others or simply sharing thoughts and opinions.
Find out about events or social meetings where you can connect with others. But there is no point of going if you are just going to stick your eyes down at your phone. Take a chance and talk to someone you have never spoken before… you never know who you might meet.
I was never very confident when it came to all these kinds of things as I used to be quite shy and I would always go for the option of going to events with someone who I knew. But then I soon realized that the only way of getting out there was by taking small risks and simply being confident with yourself.
When it comes to working with brands always try to meet them in person and share about who you are and what you could do with them.
Be practical, make good judgements and do your research. Whether you want to connect with brands or people there are a few things you can do to help the process. Social media can play a huge role when it comes to connecting and creating relationships, and that is why building a profile that is eye catchy, clean and professional, will make you outstand yourself form the crowd and form the millions of other people who use social media.
But as well as having a professional mindset one other important thing is to always be well informed, now a days it is as easy as 1,2,3 .. Simply search on internet!
Last but not least identify the people or brands you want to reach, as well as the people you look up to. Make a list of the top 3 or 5 people who are already achieving what you would like to achieve and follow their steps and their journey.
So there we go! My top 5 most important words, that I am constantly thinking about when I am connecting, blogging or talking about my brand.
Funny enough all these words start with the letter S! Put them to practice, use your skills and experiment! YOU WILL BE SURPRISED.