HIGHLIGHTS: Achieving Change – How to live the life you long for; Part Three

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Now we know our values it is time to make our resolutions and goals. Usually resolutions and goals are confused for one another however it is useful to remember that resolutions are based on habits which we would like to adopt in our day to day lives whereas goals are our desired achievements with deadlines and are likely to be bigger in scale. Please read Augusts series ‘How to turn your dreams into reality’ for an in-depth look into discovering and creating meaningful goals.

 

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HIGHLIGHTS: Achieving Change – How to live the life you long for; Part Two

Achieving Change

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Just as critical to achieving lasting change is to focus on the benefits of changing our behaviour. Imagine the best case scenario in your mind’s eye and how much better your life would be if you kept to this resolution or goal. Imagine every detail of what your life would look like with your new changes in place. Take this time to list the benefits of achieving the change you desire and place this list somewhere you will see it every day, like your mirror or fridge. In visualising the value a change can make to our lives we reinforce the reason we desire to change. If you ever find yourself lacking drive re-read this list, visualising your new life as you go through it. This should serve to boost your motivation and resolve to continue to implement the change.

 

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HIGHLIGHTS: Achieving Change – How to live the life you long for; Part One

 

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Tony Robbins, international bestselling author, world renowned life coach and motivational speaker once famously said “Change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change.” For many of us the start of the New Year represents a chance for a new beginning – a chance to make valuable changes that will improve our quality of life. Sadly our New Year resolutions are often discarded by the time February arrives as we remember just how difficult it can be to break old habits and form new ones.

 

It is a widely accepted fact that it takes twenty one days to form a new habit however this is usually contradictory to what we experience when trying to keep to our resolutions or new goals. Interestingly, a recent study by University College London has found that on average it actually takes sixty six days to fully embed a new habit into our daily regimes – that is nine and a half weeks! But is there any way to help speed up this process? Can we ever change quickly? According to Tony Robbins we can affect change in our lives faster if we focus on what our old habits are costing us and examine the benefits our new changes will bring.

 

Let me share my own experience of rapid change with you.

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HIGHLIGHTS: Romance Questionnaire

One of the easiest ways to do a life audit is to just ask yourself ten questions for each area of your life and then give yourself a score to find out how to rate yourself.

 

Below I’ve outlined ten questions for the romance life area so you can easily assess where you’re currently at – simply give yourself a score out of ten for each question with one being awful and ten being excellent, with no room for improvement. And just in case you were wondering, this is designed for singletons too!

 

  1. Are you happy as an individual, by yourself?
  2. Is your self-esteem tied to the opposite sex? (Scoring: Completely = 1, Not at all = 10)
  3. Are you happy with the amount of romance in your life?
  4. Do you go on dates either if you’re single or within your relationship?
  5. Do you seek out new and exciting things to do in order to meet the opposite sex or to do with your partner?

 

If you are single score yourself between 1 and 20 for each of the first five questions above.  If you are in a relationship answer all ten questions and score yourself between 1 and 10 for each.

 

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HIGHLIGHTS: Friends and Family Questionnaire

One of the easiest ways to do a life audit is to just ask yourself ten questions for each area of your life and then give yourself a score to find out how to rate yourself.

 

Below I’ve outlined ten questions for the friends and family life area so you can easily assess where you’re currently at – simply give yourself a score out of ten for each question with one being awful and ten being excellent, with no room for improvement.

 

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HIGHLIGHTS: Relaxation Questionnaire

One of the easiest ways to do a life audit is to just ask yourself ten questions for each area of your life and then give yourself a score to find out how to rate yourself.

 

Below I’ve outlined ten questions for the relaxation life area so you can easily assess where you’re currently at – simply give yourself a score out of ten for each question with one being awful and ten being excellent, with no room for improvement.

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HIGHLIGHTS: Hobbies and Interests Questionnaire

One of the easiest ways to do a life audit is to just ask yourself ten questions for each area of your life and then give yourself a score to find out how to rate yourself.

 

Below I’ve outlined ten questions for your hobbies and interests life area so you can easily assess where you’re currently at – simply give yourself a score out of ten for each question with one being awful and ten being excellent, with no room for improvement.

 

  1. Do you have any hobbies? (Participating in team sports, photography, bird watching)
  2. Do you have any interests? (Science, psychology, reading fiction)
  3. Do you actively seek to try out new hobbies if you don’t have any? (Scoring: Already have hobbies = 10, Don’t have hobbies and don’t seek new ones out = 1, Don’t have hobbies and seek new ones out = 10)
  4. Do you actively seek to try out new interests if you don’t have any? (Scoring: Already have interests = 10, Don’t have interests and don’t seek new ones out = 1, Don’t have interests and seek new ones out = 10)
  5. Do you enjoy your hobbies without thinking about the outcome of the activity?
  6. Do you ever get frustrated by your hobbies or interests in terms of your progress? (Reverse scoring: All the time = 1, Never = 10)
  7. Do your hobbies get you in an immersive state?
  8. Do your interests get you in an immersive state?
  9. How fun are your hobbies to you?
  10. How fun are your interests to you?

 

Now add up your total score. Below is the scoring key:

 

1-10       =             1 mark out of 10 (poor)

11-20     =             2 marks out of 10

21-30     =             3 marks out of 10

31-40     =             4 marks out of 10

41-50     =             5 marks out of 10

51-60     =             6 marks out of 10

61-70     =             7 marks out of 10

71-80     =             8 marks out of 10

81-90     =             9 marks out of 10

91-100   =             10 marks out of 10 (amazing)

 

Crystal Clear Questions

 

 

Do you have many hobbies and interests?

 

Are your hobbies and interests fun and enjoyable, immersive even?

 

If the answer to either of these questions is no you may want to look at browsing www.tasterlab.com which has a huge selection of hobbies and interests that even the most selective of us would love.

 

Do you have too many hobbies? Would you like to develop more interests? Are you frustrated that you never seem to have enough time to pursue your hobbies and interests (see time and productivity questionnaire posted Tuesday 19th January).. Please share your thoughts in the comments below to gain encouragement, insight and support from our community, we’d love to hear from you.

HIGHLIGHTS: Body and Health Questionnaire

One of the easiest ways to do a life audit is to just ask yourself ten questions for each area of your life and then give yourself a score to find out how to rate yourself.

 

Below I’ve outlined ten questions for your body and health life area so you can easily assess where you’re currently at – simply give yourself a score out of ten for each question with one being awful and ten being excellent, with no room for improvement.

 

  1. Do you do any form of exercise?
  2. If you don’t like exercise have you taken time to find a form of exercise that you enjoy?
  3. Do you exercise a minimum of two to three times a week?
  4. Do you have a good body image regardless of your weight? (I got a good body image by remembering my looks was the least important thing about me)
  5. Do you eat your five fruit and vegetable servings each day and drink plenty of water?
  6. Do you have a set number of calories you try to stick to each day and do you usually stick within your allowance? (Scoring: No = 1, Yes = 5, Yes and always stick to it = 10)
  7. Do you exercise more if you go out for junk food?
  8. Do you have a skincare regime?
  9. Do you ever treat yourself to face masks, massages or hair treatments?
  10. Do you feel your health and body could be improved upon? (Reverse scoring: Not at all = 10, Yes completely = 1)

 

Now add up your total score. Below is the scoring key:

 

1-10       =             1 mark out of 10 (poor)

11-20     =             2 marks out of 10

21-30     =             3 marks out of 10

31-40     =             4 marks out of 10

41-50     =             5 marks out of 10

51-60     =             6 marks out of 10

61-70     =             7 marks out of 10

71-80     =             8 marks out of 10

81-90     =             9 marks out of 10

91-100   =             10 marks out of 10 (amazing)

 

Crystal Clear Questions

 

Could you eat healthier?

 

Could you exercise more?

 

Could you be more disciplined with your skincare regime, nails and hair treatments?

 

If the answer to any of these questions is yes you may want to consider finding what type of exercise suits you best, what fruit and vegetables you most enjoy and / or putting an alarm in your phone to remind you of your skin, hair and nail beauty treatments.

 

If you would like to read a more in depth article on body and health please read my article titled ‘New Year, New You – How to Exercise Your Way to Well Being’ which examines the different types of exercise people find enjoyable and top tips to maintain a healthy diet.

 

Do you consider yourself to be healthy? Do you have any health or beauty hacks of your own which make light work of sometimes mundane tasks? Please share your thoughts in the comments below to gain encouragement, insight and support from our community, we’d love to hear from you.

 

HIGHLIGHTS: Time and Productivity Questionnaire

 

 

One of the easiest ways to do a life audit is to just ask yourself ten questions for each area of your life and then give yourself a score to find out how to rate yourself.

 

Below I’ve outlined ten questions for the time and productivity life area so you can easily assess where you’re currently at – simply give yourself a score out of ten for each question with one being awful and ten being excellent, with no room for improvement.

 

  1. Do you use a diary?
  2. Do you set out your weekly schedule in advance?
  3. Do you frequently get at least 80% of what you plan to do on any given day done?
  4. Do you schedule in time for admin and budgeting?
  5. Do you schedule time for friends and family?
  6. Do you schedule time for relaxation?
  7. Do you schedule time for hobbies and interests?
  8. Do you schedule time for exercise?
  9. Do you spend your free time partly improving yourself by reading, doing courses etc?
  10. Do you spend idle time (in queues or public transport, for example) being productive? (e.g. I read my bible app)

 

Now add up your total score. Below is the scoring key:

 

1-10       =             1 mark out of 10 (poor)

11-20     =             2 marks out of 10

21-30     =             3 marks out of 10

31-40     =             4 marks out of 10

41-50     =             5 marks out of 10

51-60     =             6 marks out of 10

61-70     =             7 marks out of 10

71-80     =             8 marks out of 10

81-90     =             9 marks out of 10

91-100   =             10 marks out of 10 (amazing)

 

Crystal Clear Questions

 

Do you strategically plan how you are going to spend your time?

 

Do you feel productive most days?

 

Do you have a good work / life balance which is maintained by scheduling in time for fun and relaxation?

 

If you answered no to any of these questions or the questionnaire questions  made you realize that the way you spent your time wasn’t balanced I would strongly advise you buy a diary and schedule your time more strategically.

 

If you would like to look at time management and productivity in more depth please read my article titled ‘Personal Productivity – How to Achieve in Record-Breaking Time’.

 

Do you own a diary? Do you plan out how you are going to spend your time during any given day? How organized would you say you are? If you don’t consider yourself organized how does this effect you? Please share your thoughts in the comments below to gain encouragement, insight and support from our community, we’d love to hear from you.

HIGHLIGHTS: Finances Audit Questionnaire

One of the easiest ways to do a life audit is to just ask yourself ten questions for each area of your life and then give yourself a score to find out how to rate yourself.

 

Below I’ve outlined ten questions for your finances life area so you can easily assess where you’re currently at – simply give yourself a score out of ten for each question with one being awful and ten being excellent, with no room for improvement.

 

Finances

 

  1. Do you have financial goals? (i.e. pay off debt, save for holiday, join a pension scheme?)
  2. Have you achieved any of your financial goals in the past?
  3. Do you have a monthly budget and do you stick to it?
  4. Do you have enough money to pay your bills?
  5. Do you frequently spend more than you make? (Reverse scoring: 1 = always overspend 10 = never overspend)
  6. Do you have debt and are you paying it off?
  7. Do you have at least six months worth of living costs saved up as an emergency fund? (Scoring: no savings = 1, one month = 2, two months = 3, loads of savings = 10)
  8. Do you earn enough money to save?
  9. Do you have a pension you contribute to?
  10. Do you think you use your money wisely for the future?

 

Now add up your total score. Below is the scoring key:

 

1-10       =             1 mark out of 10 (poor)

11-20     =             2 marks out of 10

21-30     =             3 marks out of 10

31-40     =             4 marks out of 10

41-50     =             5 marks out of 10

51-60     =             6 marks out of 10

61-70     =             7 marks out of 10

71-80     =             8 marks out of 10

81-90     =             9 marks out of 10

91-100   =             10 marks out of 10 (amazing)

 

Crystal Clear Questions

 

Answering the following questions will help you to get crystal clear on what a perfect ten score for your work would look like in reality.

 

Have you checked what your credit score is and if not have you considered finding out through Experion? Once you know your credit score you could seek advice on how to improve your rating!

 

Do you have a monthly budget for the upcoming year? Do you have financial goals for the upcoming year? If not to either I would highly recommend doing so in order to gain forward momentum and direction with regards to your finances.

 

Do you know where your money goes each month and if not have you considered recording your spending?

 

Do you struggle to stick to your budget and if so have you considered working with cash only and placing money into labeled envelopes each month to eliminate over spending?

 

Are you satisfied you are saving enough and using your money wisely? Do you have a budget and do you stick to it? Did you find the questionnaire helpful? Please share your thoughts in the comments below to gain encouragement, insight and support from our community, we’d love to hear from you.

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