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T.S Eliot - Motivational Monday

“Last year’s words belong to last year’s language”

I love TS Eliot’s reminder that new years and new beginnings bring us new opportunities to start fresh and renew our goals and states of mind. State of mind is an important concept when setting goals, especially when you’re trying to remain positive.


On Negative Self-Talk

I find the “language” part interesting – we “talk” to ourselves in a different way to the one in which we talk to others; or others talk to us. We are often our own harshest critics – and this can work against us! It can stop the motivational energy!

Removing negative self-talk is a concept psychologists often discuss as a way to reduce stress. According to the Mayo Clinic, positive thinking reduces stress.

In fact, they categorize negative thinking into 4 types:

  • Filtering out positive compliments and focusing on the negative
  • Personalizing – blaming yourself for situations you can’t control
  • Catastrophizing – making small problems into large ones
  • Polarizing – only looking at the negative side of your situation

You can read more about it here.

A New Voice

“This year’s words await a new voice”

What’s something new you’re going to try in 2017? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Last week, one of my students told me that her goal every year is simply to “learn something new”. Last year she began English classes with me; this year she’s training with a personal trainer; next year she’ll acquire a new skill.

Personally, I’m planning to take up skiing again (it’s been years!) and become a better swimmer so that I can take full advantage of the ocean here in beautiful Spain.

Remember, goals can be FUN and the “new voice” can be amusing. They don’t always have to be related to your career or personal stuggles. Also, not every single goal needs to be tough to achieve; some can be gentle reminders that we need to make time in our schedules to learn something fun, too.


Vision Boards: Map Out Your New Voice

So, you’ve likely heard of Vision Boards!  In case you haven’t, they are simply posters or cards full of pictures, words and quotes that depict the life you want to live. They help you focus your positive energy on building the life you want. It’s been awhile since I made one, so it’s on the list for this week!


                     Essential Items To Make A Vision Board

  • Bristol board
  • Scissors
  • Old magazines, Flyers, or Online Images you can print and cut out
  • Your favourite quotes. Stuck for ideas? Try getting them from a quote book like this one
  • Pens, coloured pens or markers (I’ve linked to my favourite types by Vision Elite and Staedtler.
  • Watch The Secret. It features a lot of motivational leaders and coaches who use the principle of visualizing to improve their lives


I made one way back in 2009. Actually, a few friends and I hung out on a Sunday and made our own together!  Mine looked like this:

Vision Board 2009

My Vision Board 2009

Next weekend, I plan to make a brand new vision board. It’ll be a week and a bit before my birthday, the day when I review my annual goals. I’m excited for this project!

Have you made a vision board before? Email me a photo of it and comment below if you’d like me to share it! I’d love to see your visions for your goals and dreams.

Well, that’s my short but sweet post for this lovely Monday morning.

Happy Goal Setting!




P.S.  For the photography lovers out there, I took the main image for today’s post last weekend in Annecy, France.

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