Valerie Agnew Motivator

What do you have in common with Serena Williams and Ronaldo? You might not think you have anything in common with these athletes, but you do. These sporting heroes have the drive and determination to reach their goal – and so do you! You are an inner winner!

• Winners take their dreams seriously


• Winners never give up


• Winners have attitude


• Winners make big things happen a little at a time


• Winners inspire the best in others


To become an inner winner you need to believe in yourself. Our own success or failure is determined by the way we see ourselves. As Jerry Lewis explained in his film -The Nutty Professor- “you’d better learn how to like yourself, because you are going to be spending a lot of time with you”. Don’t feel pressure to emulate the images in the media – simply decide that you are going to be the best that you can be. After all, the average super model is 5’ 9” tall and weighs only 8st 7lbs but only 1% of young women ever have a chance of attaining this.

Be happy with your body, your genes, your background and your potential. Be your own best friend. Realise once and for all what a great person you are and that you hold the key to your personal success and happiness.

Set inspiring goals.
World Cup winners, Wimbledon finalists and Tour de France cyclists all set GOALS, specific goals and they work towards them. We also need to set worth while goals to achieve our dream of target weight. Let’s be imaginative and creative as we set and work towards our goal.

Firstly set a short-term goal to lose 1-2 lb a week. This goal is like the rudder of a plane. It is small, but has great power. You see, the rudder can turn the plane in any direction the pilot chooses. You are that pilot and achieving your first goal gives you freedom, flexibility and power to go in any direction you desire.

Once you set a goal you can adjust and fine-tune it any way you wish. That’s creativity! Our mind is the most magnificent computer ever created but like a computer, it only responds to specific instructions, not vague ideas. Here are some characteristics that your goals should have for the best results.

Achievable! Saying “I’ll never eat chocolate (or whatever) again” usually lands you in trouble. Allow yourself one or two of your favourite ‘treat’ items a week. With your eDiets plan, you can use your snack to include your favourite.

Specific! Effective goals define not only what you plan to do but how, where and when you will do it. “At least four times this week I’m going to read the support groups for motivation and advice!”

Focussed on behaviour! Beware of the “I’m going to lose 3 pounds this week” trap. You cannot guarantee this. What you can say is, “I’m going to walk every day this week” or “I’m going to nibble on fruit this week instead of chocolate”.

Written down. Seeing your goals written on paper where you can tick them when achieved, and upgrade them will make them seem more real and boost your motivation to achieve them.

See it happen. Close your eyes and visualise yourself achieving this week’s goals. See yourself on your pedestal.

See yourself reaching your gold. You can do it!