365 ways to energize – a daily companion to living with health, purpose, and joy

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Breaking down goals

Day 134

Hi! I am Anine and I love to optimize my energy and support you in optimizing yours.

Today I would like to explore how we can make time for the moments that will add energy and joy to our lives.

The moments we long for and want more of, will not come by themselves, they need to be scheduled.

It is not enough to simply get clear about what we want. We will find time to engage in the things we long for, such as; read more books, exercise regularly, spend more time with old friends or a family member, learn an instrument, write a book, explore a passion, go away with your partner on a romantic weekend, begin to mediate etc, when we;

  1. Schedule them in our calendar; either at a fixed time per day, a couple of times per week or month, or block a weekend per year to connect with old friends or your partner.
  2. Act on the goals – no excuses.
  3. Stick to them – even when time gets short.

In order to achieve “BIG” goals, which are long term and requires years in order for us to achieve a level of satisfaction or quality, we can divide our big goal into sub-goals. And – here comes an important part – we make these sub goals part of our daily and or weekly routine. If we put a bit of time every day or every week, we will have a good chance of reaching the big goal one day.

When I commit to something (where other people are involved) I stick to it. I am all in. It helps me to get into motion when other people are involved, and I am committed and know when I need to deliver my part. It is much harder when I am alone in completing a goal, such as studying French by myself.

Most people I meet find it more fun and motivating to spend time with others while working towards most of their dreams. There are some goals where I prefer to be alone, such as doing my morning ritual, or when I write. Each one of us has to find out for themselves what works.

After I began planning and sticking to long term planning, it is quite amazing how much more that I have been able to achieve


Taking action

Day 101Thinking about it won’t get us there

Have you been taking action in the past 100 days on things that matter to you? Have you made some progress? Or are you still dreaming and thinking about your New-Years resolution?

I think we all know very well what it is like to be a dreamer; nothing good comes from just wishing for things to be better. Thinking about it is just not going to get us there. We have to take action. We need to do something – even though we cannot exactly see where we are going. There is no point in waiting any longer for the perfect moment to start, because such a moment does not exist.

If a dream is knocking, it has a message for us and it will not leave us alone until we listen. The key to realize our dream is to start – even though we might not know exactly where and what this will bring us. We need to jump in the boat, begin to row and adjust our course along the way. As we take action we get more clarity.

Springtime offers new opportunities of bursting energy that supports us to move into action. If we see how nature is blooming around us, we have a grand opportunity to be inspired. Imagine if a flower was only thinking about blooming. Luckily nature doesn’t have a mind that sabotages its growth. We need to put our mind aside and take action towards what our heart desires – then we will also start to blossom.

What is a small step that you can take today that will bring you closer to your goal?

“Don’t think about it – Just do it!” Dick Tracy


The highs and ‘blues’ of reaching a goal

Day 82
For years I have dreamt of skiing the ‘Haut Route’ – from Verbier to Zermatt.

Today that dream became real. I have just arrived back from having skied for days in the most gorgeous magic Alp-landscape in strong wind and fog, as well as gorgeous sunshine. No matter the weather, I love being immersed in nature this way.

Now that my dream has been realized, I experience a combination of joy but also a sense of emptiness. The expression, ‘it is not the destination but the journey that is the most important,’ make so much sense.

It is understandable why people that are used to setting goals, get busy finding a new goal as soon as the one they have been working towards has been realized, as it is fun, engaging and inspiring having a dream to strive and look forward to.

What is next for me, I ask myself? Perhaps it is to raise the bar and go for one of my ‘dream goals,’ one of those dreams that I have set but that have not materialized, because I have found it too difficult and challenging.

I will follow up with exploring the topic of ‘Dream goals’ as I mentioned in yesterday’s post tomorrow.

Now I am very much ready to sleep tight in my own bed after having slept amongst 20 others on brinks in a small room on 3700+m altitude.