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

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Making a leap – part 2

Day 126Expressing ourselves

When we allow fear of other people’s judgment to stop us from expressing ourselves, it is a clear sign that we care more about the external world than our inner world. Opinions in the external world will not make us feel happy and alive – only our purpose, mission and goals will. Only when we live from the inside out, and feel good about the efforts, the progress and the difference we make, will we feel truly satisfied. We know what makes our hearts sing, and what brings music to our lives. We should not look for validation from others; we ought to validate ourselves.

Sometimes it takes time for other people to realize and understand what we are up to. They will validate us perhaps only when we have proven that we are serious about whatever we are on a mission to do. We need to be strong and we need to be determined if we long to express ourselves and perhaps make an impact. Mahatma Ghandi who fought many battles said well what it might take to walk our own path; “first they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you and then you win.” It doesn’t necessarily have to be as brutal as Ghandi experienced his battles. However, if we chose to walk our own path, it is good to be prepared and ready to walk part of that path alone and without necessarily validation and support.

What I have learned from throwing myself into the world of blogging is that I had to let go of worrying about other people’s opinions and instead get motivation from my goal. It is liberating to feel that it is my goal that is driving me everyday – not people’s comments or likes.

What I have learned is that when I let go of worrying about other people’s opinions and instead get my motivation from within, it is very liberating.

Based on my own experience of having a goal, and the difference it has made to my drive and motivation, I would encourage those of you who want to make the leap and express yourself publically, to also set a goal for yourself. Find out why, and your purpose. The purpose and goal will help you feel more assertive and less sensitive to other people’s lack of engagement, comments or likes.

Don’t let fear of being judged stop you from expressing yourself. Live your life for you, not for anyone else.


Live your life for you, not for anyone else.


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Around the world in 80 days & The power of goals

Day 80No one had yet travelled around the world in 80 days before the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869. An American entrepreneur, George Francis Train took on the challenge and was the first man to make that 80-day journey in 1870. This achievement most likely inspired the author Jules Verne to write the book with the same title published in 1873.In 1890 Mr. Train made the same around the world journey in 67 days.

What an exciting goal Mr. Train had! And it was S.M.A.R.T = Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. If our goals are created SMART – the likelihood of achieving them increase significantly.

But why should we even bother to set goals?

Because – goals transform us! They bring out the best in us! They stretch us! They bring joy, energy and confidence. They open us up to live our full potential.

Yesterday I wrote about how it is hard to create change and reach our goals.

Before we go on, let’s identify some of our goals – and which goals we are struggling with?

Are you trying to learn a new language, loose weight, write a book, or find a more meaningful profession? Or are you dreaming of a more loving relationship, to feel more inner peace, or happiness in your life? Perhaps you long to find a life partner, start a company, become stronger, more patient and less critical, drink less alcohol, stop smoking, – stop loosing your temper? Or may you want to climb a mountain, travel around the world, begin meditating, or get fit by doing sports on a regular basis…?

Before analyzing further what we possibly can do to approach difficult goals, let us first categorize some different types of goals

  1. Easy goals 2. Compelling goals 3. Forced goals 4. Dream goals

Tomorrow I will explore these goals further

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Why is it so hard to create change/reach our goals?

Day 79We are 79 days into the New Year. If you have set a goal at the beginning of the year to make a change in your life, you know by now whether you have succeeded or not.

Some goals we set feel almost effortless. These goals fill us with enthusiasm and joy, and take us miles on our journey. Other goals seem excruciatingly hard. Those goals require something completely different from us, something that we do not seem to possess.

If you been seeking and trying for years to claim your dream, but have not managed to create the changes needed to taste the sweet joy and pleasure of success, you may feel discouraged and bummed. You might wonder if you will ever achieve your goal or dream.

In tomorrow’s blog, I will explore four different types of goals – some easier to achieve than others – how these goals are different and how to best approach them.