I know I’ve written about this topic often, and to be honest, I will continue to write about it often in the future because...

We simply cannot be intentional without having something to be intentional about.

We need a goal to stop us from getting stuck.

We’ll cover more specific goal setting in more detail in the coming weeks, but this week I am struggling with one of my own goals.

You may remember me mentioning webinars in previous posts? Well I’ve been struggling to turn them from just intentions into a reality. This is made worse as it is a reality that you could all be a part of ...

Some of the reasons I haven’t made it happen yet include the fact that I have been busy with a bunch of other good things… but if I am really honest with myself (and you), the main reason is probably more to do with the fact that it is scary...

...There’s a lot to do before we start... ...I’ve never done anything like this before... ...I don’t like being in front of a camera... ...I don’t understand all the tech... one might join in... ...people might laugh… in fact, there are probably a 100 other similar possible potential reasons that come to mind if I let myself think about it too much.

All potential reasons to NOT do them, which only means they have been pushed to the bottom of the pile over and over again

… I am truly sorry, and ask that you forgive me?...

Thankfully, one of the reasons I am actually able to write these blogs (and thanks again to those of you who take the time to email and say how helpful they are - you have no idea how much that encourages me) is because I was awarded a small grant to provide the equipment and resources necessary to write these blogs and make the webinars happen!

I set a goal when I first applied for the grant about this time last year, to deliver Twenty short 20-30 minute FREE webinars on a range of topics that are included as part of our Intentional Health programme.

This is mainly so that people who couldn’t or wouldn’t access a programme delivered by church community group didn’t miss out, and could still access at least some of the programme content and helpful advice.

Last week I realised that it is almost the end of February already, and all my good intentions to deliver these webinars - were still just that - Intentions.

So this week I’m setting myself some smaller steps on the way to my larger goal, to both ensure I can honour the community grant - (and who none of us would be reading this today without - thank you Awards for All!) and to share what I have learned about living a life to the full by being intentional about my health and wellbeing, after all, our health underpins every other aspect of our life!

So how am I going to do that…?

1. Ask for help, find support and an accountable buddy.

or even team of buddies in my case, thanks to you :)

Obviously, there is some accountability with the grant, which is helpful, and I will be sending them a report including some testimonies of impact  (so all of you who can send me emails sharing your lightbulb moments will be really helpful :) Thank you, and please do keep ‘em coming!)

I’ve also recruited the support of the wonderful Gareth and Tom - who have agreed to come to play and learn all about with webinars with me!

And now I’m also inviting you into the equation!!  You have my full permission to ask me when they are coming….

2 - Make a list of potential topics

(not perfect! not definite, not in any detail and in no particular order …yet!)

Currently, these could include the following…

  1. Reading food labels
  2. Balanced diet
  3. Portion distortions
  4. Fats and sugars
  5. Physical activity - potential to break this up into 2 or 3 webinars
  6. Boundaries
  7. Wellbeing
  8. Why be intentional about health or anything?
  9. Happiness - thoughts and feelings
  10. Happiness habits
  11. Triggers & habits
  12. Giving and receiving feedback
  13. Managing stress
  14. Goal setting
  15. Willpower
  16. Communication
  17. Accountable buddies
  18. Rest and sleep
  19. Failing forward / Celebrate successes
  20. Shopping when hungry/menu planning.

Please let me know which of these you would like, or if there are any missing that you would like me to explore - like I said, this is a work in progress…

3. Schedule potential dates for the 20 webinars.

I’m currently part of a wonderful online community of businesswomen from all over the world participating in the ‘Systematic Success’ course, so I have set this particular activity as my task for this coming week and will be sharing my progress on this task with them!

4. Schedule time

After I have scheduled the webinars I will work backwards and over the next few weeks I will begin to explore each topic in detail, create the actual content, and try and navigate my way around webinar software - which we have been kindly been allocated for free from the US-based WebinarJam! … and will also schedule time for each of these activities.

5. Go make it happen…

Ok - so 5 is a little vague and there are obviously many more detailed steps between these - but these are specific and probably not of real interest to you right now....but I promise you will be the first to know when we are ready to begin!

What I am hoping is that you have noticed that I am putting lots of support mechanisms - which I think of kind of as scaffolding, like that found around a new building or baby tree - and putting that scaffolding in place to help me get started, make sure I don’t give up too early, and have sufficient support and protection in place to get through the hardest part - which is almost always the start…

Also, I’m not sharing this with you just to be accountable to, though I am really grateful for all of you who will encourage me to keep going,

nor to be able to hear feedback for the grant report at the end of this project, though I will LOVE to hear the impact it makes and celebrate your successes - you are the reason I am doing this!..

I’m sharing this with you because I’ve learned these are key things that are absolutely essential for any change. We need to be smart with our goals to start any change and to turn any dream, situation or idea into something amazing that truly has a lasting impact, and to avoid getting stuck.

These steps are also what help me overcome the negative voices and all of the normal, everyday fears and doubts that I listed at the top, and that we all face regularly. And what does it really hurt to try anyway - when the truth is, none of those everyday fear reasons are the real truths anyway!

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed - Theadore Roosevelt.

I really hope this post inspires you to overcome feeling stuck by listening to any negative voices you may have had in your head, about any aspect of your life.

So, when it comes to anything or anyone that says to you “it might not work”, why not politely say “thank you”.. And then go get yourself some scaffolding and give it a try anyway… what have you really got to lose?

Til next week...Go be intentional.


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