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The importance of staying moving

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If you are moving you will stay in motion and if you are stuck you have a tendency to stay stuck.

If you are moving you will stay in motion and if you are stuck you have a tendency to stay stuck.

If you are moving you will stay in motion and if you are stuck you have a tendency to stay stuck.

Did you start the year with enthusiasm? And maybe by now you are feeling a bit deflated? Some of your resolutions or plans may not have worked out as you intended. Some of this may be down to you. And there may also be external factors over which you have little or no control. You are not alone.

By now most of us have faltered with our new goals and intentions for 2023. We have hit some road blocks at least. No problem. One cigarette does not make you a smoker. One bad day does not prevent you from realising your dreams. 

As Vince Lombardi, the legendary American football coach and former executive of their National Football League said: ‘It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.’ We all fall down. If you don’t maybe your goal was too easy? Lombardi is considered by many to have been the greatest coach in American football history, and he is recognised as one of the greatest leaders in the history of all American sports

One of the things I have learned about life – is the importance of getting up and moving. The pace is secondary. Newtons first law of motion, also known as the law of inertia says: ‘if a body is at rest or moving at a constant speed in a straight line, it will remain at rest or keep moving in a straight line at constant speed unless it is acted upon by a force’. In other words, if you are moving you will stay in motion and if you are stuck you have a tendency to stay stuck.

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One step builds the momentum for the next. Sometimes we are looking for the path ahead to be fully clear before we start. It doesn’t work like that. Life is like driving a car at night. Sometimes you can only see a few hundred meters ahead. You cannot see the entire road – because of darkness, twists in it or even poor weather – just like in life. 

If you have faltered… Here are three things you can do to help you get up and stay moving.

 Take an honest look at how you are doing and reformulate your plans if appropriate. It is important to always set yourself up for success. If you are not moving forward, take a step back. Are your goals realistic? Sometimes we can be too ambitious. If the step you are trying to take is too big, that can be the reason for procrastination. Break it down to smaller steps. Your goals should push you out of your comfort zone but they should not make you freeze because you are too afraid to take that step.

Celebrate your successes and learn from your mistakes each day. Don’t give out to yourself. Guilt and shame are motivation killers. They may get you started but they don’t result in long-term success. Be kind and encouraging to yourself. But be honest and accountable too

When you have a good plan - give quality time each day to reviewing and implementing it. Don’t expect yourself do drive new initiatives when you are at your most exhausted. You can accomplish a lot in one phone call when you are properly prepared. Put your plans in your diary. Organise your diary according to your priorities. Give new habits and what matters most to you the time you are at your best – where possible at least.  

Have a vision for what you want. Decide and then act. Vision, Decision, Action, Reflection - and repeat.


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