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Living Naturally is the personal website of Tyneside chiropractor, Estelle Zauner Maughan. First built on her need to gain a better diet for herself, she now shares her thoughts and results here.
Having an idea of where you are heading is pretty important. You wouldn’t consider going on holiday or taking a journey without any idea of where you were heading, which route to take, how long you were staying or even where you were going to stay, would you? Life can be like any other journey you may take.

Setting some goals such as where you would like to go on holiday, the places to visit in this gorgeous and amazing world, how much you would like to grow your savings pot (or retirement fund, or business…..), the types of jobs or career path you would like to experience are just some of the things you may want to spend some time thinking over and writing down.

While some people just cruise through life and take the good and bad as it arrives on their doorstep, just a little bit of time spent sitting and really thinking about what you would like to see or do can really enrich your life experience and reduce some stress at the same time. (Not knowing what’s about to hit you or not having an emergency plan can create some serious stresses!).

Having your goals written down or creating a vision board of pictures is an effective way of focussing your thoughts and plans. It also reminds you when you are getting overwhelmed or veering off the track you have decided to go down. If whatever is consuming you is not getting you closer to your goals then it probably can be put on the back burner or even discarded entirely. However, the most important thing to remember when setting goals is that the journey is where all the magic happens. This is where you learn about yourself, what you are capable of, and have all the fun. Once you actually reach the goal the feeling of achievement soon passes as you look for the next challenge… don’t just stop there, extend yourself and see where you can get to!

Some golden rules to think about when setting goals:

1.  Make sure what you are aiming for is motivating to you. Don’t be chasing other peoples dreams. Make sure you know your 'why'. Why is it you are chasing this particular dream? Is it because it’s something you really want? Or is it what you think you should be doing to make someone else happy or proud? It’s your life after all, no-one else is living it for you.
2. Set a time limit for achieving the goal and make it specific and achievable. You can’t be vague about what you are chasing or how long it will take. That’s setting yourself up for failure.    
3. Get it written down. Then recheck in with your goals regularly.

Get started today. Don’t put it off, and start small. Once you have started thinking about what you want it opens up a whole host of exciting opportunities that really make you happier.

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