“Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.”
This time of year there is an increase in gym membership, diets begin and all the other New Year resolutions that we have put off during the year come into action. We decide – it’s the 1st of January – this is when it all kicks off. Really, who are we kidding? How many of us honestly stick to our New Year resolutions?
For a few years now, I have stopped setting resolutions, concentrating more on setting professional and personal goals throughout the year. I make the goals more specific and realistic; in a way that they do become achievable.
I had the pleasure of speaking to managers at a conference during the autumn and another speaker blew me away because of his inspirational views and the goals that he set himself. This motivational person is Jamie Andrew. www.jamieandrew.com In short, Jamie is a Scottish mountaineer who had his hands and feet amputated following a horrific accident in the French Alps. He has gone on to achieve so much, including raising thousands of pounds for charity.
During his speech Jamie spoke about setting daily challenges, something that Jamie personally knows a lot about. For instance, after Jamie’s amputation, his first challenge was to learn how to brush his teeth by himself.
I recently shared Jamie’s story with a group of managers and head teachers during a training session. When I asked if one of them would present their ideas to the group (mindful, perhaps, of their role and status) none of them offered to stand up and present. My message to them was simply if speaking in public is not your thing, then set yourself a daily challenge to make it your thing.
Therefore, irrespective of your role, status, working or not working what challenge have you set yourself today?
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