Life is confusing at the best of times but Covid-19 has thrown a real curve ball. Or has it? For those of us furloughed, home working or worse, it might have given us the time and space to review our lives, goals and aspirations for the future. Has this pandemic changed any of your priorities for the future? It certainly has made me think twice.

When we start talking about setting achievable goals it often seems like a mammoth task and quite unnerving, however if we want that inner peace and contentment from life it is a great place to start.

I think in my mind it’s a bit like taking a long-haul business trip – why I can hear you shout! Well as your brain can become overwhelmed on a long flight with a dreary layover, we are on a schedule but are foggy! Life is often like that – we drift. We have a routine, we are on course, busy, busy, busy

And this leaves us with little space to challenge this.

Going back to my business trip metaphor I like to imagine myself channelling the Jackie O look calm, uncluttered, organised but the reality is too much luggage, too little sleep, and knocking myself out on the long list of ‘to do!

So I thought that as this is a sort of metaphor of life it might be the right time to do a bit of spring cleaning during this enforced home time, to take some control and get a plan for the future.

Goals always sound quite heavy when you are trying to look after your personal development, but a step by step approach can make them a reality and hopefully get you to a point where you are living the dream.

On our Springboard and Navigator courses we spend a considerable amount of time working towards achieving timely, achievable goals by looking at what matters to you the most? Is it financial reward, family, work, relationships, friendships, work/life balance? What is your philosophy of life and how do things make you feel and is that positive or negative for you? Once this stock check on your values is completed on your current life, it is important to have a look at how you want your life to be and how you want to feel? Suddenly things become a bit clearer as to direction. There still be challenges- no one said it was going to be easy. But you are back in control and have a plan which is controlled by you. Make sure there is a mix of serious and fun, and varying milestones so that you can take that small step, remembering to be kind to yourself………and as 80’s pop group S Club 7 says ‘reach for the stars’.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50kP4S0peAs

Reach

When the world, leaves you feeling blue
You can count on me, I will be there for you
When it seems, all you hopes and dreams
Are a million miles away, I will re-assure you

We’ve got to all stick together
Good friends, there for each other
Never ever forget that
I’ve got you and you’ve got me, so

Reach for the stars
Climb every mountain higher
Reach for the stars
Follow your heart’s desire
Reach for the stars
And when that rainbow’s shining over you
That’s when your dreams will all come true

There’s a place waiting just for you (waiting just for you)
Is a special place where your dreams all come true
Fly away (fly away) swim the ocean blue (swim the ocean blue)
Drive that open road, leave the past behind you
Don’t stop gotta keep moving
Your hopes, gotta keep building
Never ever forget that
I’ve got you and you’ve got me, so

Reach for the stars
Climb every mountain higher
Reach for the stars
Follow your heart’s desire
Reach for the stars
And when that rainbow’s shining over you
That’s when your dreams will all come true

Don’t believe in all that you’ve been told
The sky’s the limit you can reach your goal
No-one knows just what the future holds
There ain’t nothing you can’t be
There’s a whole world at your feet
I said reach

Climb every mountain (reach)
Reach for the moon (reach)
Follow that rainbow
And your dreams will all come true

Reach for the stars
Climb every mountain higher
Reach for the stars
Follow your heart’s desire
Reach for the stars
And when that rainbow’s shining over you
That’s when your dreams will all come true

Reach for the stars
Climb every mountain higher
Reach for the stars
Follow your heart’s desire
Reach for the stars
And when that rainbow’s shining over you (shining, shining)
That’s when your dreams will all come true

Reach for the stars
Climb every mountain higher
Reach for the stars

Karen Daly-Gherabi

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