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New Year – New Start!

Another brand new year is nearly upon us! And here at Bowerland we are aware that this is the perfect time to make sure that in 2020 you live each day to the full, and with intent. Make sure your focus is on To Be rather than To Do. Remember that if you don’t make your own decisions and take control of your own destiny, someone else will – that’s for sure!

Being in the moment

In 2020, rather than talking about what you want, or dreaming about it, how about focusing on how this new year can be the year you actually get it done? In order to achieve your aims and resolutions, it is helpful to learn how to be in the moment, how to slow your daily life down, and how to be more present. There are a number of ways to do this and over the next few weeks we will start to explore in more detail some really useful steps you can take. 

Create a Mood Board

For starters, begin to focus on you – create a mood board, stick on pictures that inspire you. Plan in some more me time and bring some fun into your life. Why don’t you book that break down here at Bowerlands? Be thankful for the opportunities that you have had and are hoping to in 2020, and in general, be more positive. Give up FMO (fear of missing out) – and instead take up JOMO (joy of missing out). Focus on the smaller things you can achieve. Declutter your life. Learn a new skill. Spend more time outside.Do what you want to do, not what others want you to do. 

Core Values

This week, as a starting point, we are going to focus on our core values, which is the absolute centre of our own individual identity and makes us who we really are.  Take a few moments to think about what kind of person you are. By identifying these values we can look at what motivates us and connects us to the things that we are doing. Ultimately we want to create balance in our lives, and be more proactive rather than feeling like we are being passive and accepting of what comes our way. In other words, we can be much more active with our time and energy once we recognise our core values.

Who inspires you?

To help you to work out what your values are, think of the people that most inspire you and write their names down, together with why you look up to them. This will help you to determine your own values and the type of person you want to become. Ask yourself – what are my inner values and write down whatever comes to mind.  This list will be the first step in achieving your aims and resolutions for 2020.

Life’s Purpose

The other important step you can take this week is to recognise what your very own specific purpose in life is.  By finding your purpose will mean you find a way to use your very own unique set of skills in order to live a content and fulfilled life.  Some people are aware of their purpose from a very young age, others take awhile to discover it.

Check out the questions below as this will help you to better understand what is important for you to live your life in a more meaningful way.

  1. What situations get you really excited? Give details of what you do in these situations, where you are, and who you’re with.
  2. What do you enjoy learning about – what stimulates you?
  3. What would you do with your life if money wasn’t an issue?
  4. What things do you love to do that also helps others in life to get on?

At the end of these two exercises you will have come up with a set of core values, and your very own purpose in life.  Our goal is always to love what we do, and to feel that we matter in the world, and the icing on the top, of course, is to be able to make a living from it!

Next week we will put together our toolkit for success!  And here at Bowerlands and Devon Dogs, we wish you all the very best for 2020!

Read more of my Monday Motivation blogs HERE

Help to stay motivated, come and stay with us in our cottage style apartments, right in the heart of Dartmoor, and make the most of our fantastic training facilities onsite.


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