‘Motivation. How uncool that word just sounds. It somehow by default switches us into the procrastination mode…Procrastination is the biggest, greatest nemesis of motivation and to kill procrastination is the synonym to boosting the motivation. How?

“..action itself is the best starting point for more action while trying to think your way into more motivation is an unreliable and ineffective way to create forward motivation.” Stephen Guise

JUST DO IT! This Nike slogan says it all: the research into procrastination has identified practical ways that can help overcome the tendency to procrastinate and the single most important technique is called ‘the five-minute take off and is……simply, starting to do the thing you have been putting off, no matter how little you feel like doing it.

We often believe that to do something we have to truly want to do it—to be in the right mood, to feel inspired. Wrong! Usually, to get the job done, it is enough merely to begin doing it—the initial action kick-starts the process and often brings about more action.

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.” Plato

Remember Newton’s law from school?

“An object at rest tends to stay at rest; an object in motion tends to stay in motion”

MOTION, get yourself into that motion, just get going.

And if your ego starts getting excited about the ideas of dropping 2 dress sizes by the end of the week, learning Chinese fluently within a year or sitting 60 min every morning for meditation – laugh at it, as attempting such ambitions will likely make your mind freak out and find excuses on how to never get started!

Instead, have a mini target, your defenses go down and you (easily!) take that first (and hardest!) baby step—creating momentum that will likely keep you going.

This applies to EVERYTHING.

If you dream of  bikini body – start eating more greens and find sport activity that you enjoy (or simply join one of our Wellness Designer Holiday or/and Wellness/Nutrition Programs)

If you’re procrastinating (getting overwhelmed) with your business planning or creating your lifestyle, break your target task down into the smallest possible chunk and just do THAT! You don’t need to come up with the entire life plan—just start writing down, step by step with focus and single-tasking, consistently adding the tasks and actioning them: 1 in and 1 out.

You don’t need to write your whole life script. You don’t need the whole marketing plan—just 1 idea. You don’t need to eat perfectly today—just start with making 1 healthy nutritional choice and observe how you feel?

JUST GET STARTED. Small steps for big results. Keep feeding your motivation and it will feed your goals.

Your Wellness Designer x Aneta

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2019 Year To Clear What Is Holding Us Back

2019 Year To Clear What Is Holding Us Back

With all our best intentions and hopes, why is it so hard to keep up and succeed with the New Year’s resolutions?

After all, we wish the good things: eating less to lose weight, quitting smoking, drinking less, exercise more to look better, meditate to ditch stress…what is holding us back from achieving all of this?

 Why do most all these efforts fall short after setting them up?

The reason is you. You are the obstacle to your goals, to your New Year’s resolutions.

How? Why?

When was the last time you gave yourself a chance to slow down, simplify, and care for yourself? When was the last time you listened to your body and gave it the mental or physical break it required, nourished it with the food it needed and treated it with the adequate recharging hours of sleep?

Before the new to come, you must acknowledge the old, accept it and then understand why you need to clear it and let it go in order the needed new change could settle in.

Why are we so afraid to let go?

Because old habits, patterns, and routines are safe, effortless and there is no failure! Our drive to attain and succeed comes at a great cost to the soul and such pressure. We are malnourished, if not starved when it comes to compassionate self-acceptance, awareness, and care. We yearn for simplicity but struggle to find it. We ache for balance but can’t sustain it.

It is impossible to keep up with all of it, with all the pressure and demands we put upon ourselves, all at once with the ambition to get it all first time around, let alone clear the things and thoughts that have caused us to feel so overwhelmed in the first place.

Most social and cultural New Year’s resolutions traditions  do not make room for us to feel the e-motions that come up when we clear, and they make us feel bad when we fail (yes, I’m using the word ‘fail’ here to show its positive and meaningful significance in the evolution of the change).

So how to acknowledge the deepest hunger, need and success of these resolutions?

  • Accept yourself, make friends with yourself and fall in love with who you are: acknowledge and accept every wrinkle, pigmentation and stretch mark, face with confidence and respect those love handles and any extra weight….start feeling comfortable with what you see,
  • Take into account the fight-or-flight response,  any time you face your challenges and crave for changes
  • Recognise what energy your thoughts and emotions carry? Learn to apply this energy to serve you – learn to choose what thoughts and emotions to hang onto

Now, if you still want to succeed with your New Year’s resolutions?

PUT YOURSELF FIRST: you won’t lose weight until you recognise what you are hungry for? What you are eating for? Is it the stress, emptiness, unfulfillment, not feeling enough?

Recognise, understand and clear what makes you feel unsettled and causes stress?

Clearing is an inside job that begins and ends within you. It is not something you “do” or squeeze into your life with a fixed timeframe: (you want a bikini body for the week of holidays in August, don’t jump on the fad diet in July but start applying healthy lifestyle from today!)

It’s a lifestyle– a journey – that doesn’talways make sense, or go in a straight line for the victory. It is not”getting rid of” but letting go of the things and thoughts that get in the way of realizing our true nature and best life. It is a journey to creating our new mindset, our best happiest self. The journey of going slower and lasting longer. Becoming more aware that slow but consistent is the secret to effortless success with our New Year’s resolutions 

WELCOME to 2019! A Year to Clear What Is Holding Us Back; To Do Less And Be More. A Year To Invest In You, To Nourish You and Be You

Aneta Grabiec, 

The Wellness Designer xx

Aneta is a Wellness Coach, Nutritional Therapist, Food RelationshipExpert, Yoga Therapist, Raw Chocolate Lover, author of “The Health Book ofChocolate”. She also runs wellness retreats, workshops and 1 to 1 coaching allaround the world, to get in touch with her or find out more, visit

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Why I do not make New Year Resolutions…

Why I do not make New Year Resolutions…

Philippe Mathijs

This is the time of the year when people start looking forward to the new year, new beginnings and make their resolutions on how the next year will be different and wonderful.

For the past few years, friends, colleagues and family have asked me, with a hint of anticipation “What is your new year resolution?” and I have answered “I don’t have any”. Have I become a grumpy old man, have I become the Grinch?? May be….or may be, there is another reason…

An idea stays an idea until there is an action plan behind it…

Many of us will start the year with a resolution like “I am going to lose 10 kg” or “I will get fit” or “I will learn another language” and leave it like that. On a good year, we will stick to our resolution until the first hurdle or a few weeks, whichever comes first. What about making it stick by assigning a deadline to it so we have no choice but to work backwards from the end game? For example: Instead of “I am going to lose 10kg”, register for say the Spartan Race in November 2019 knowing that, you have no choice but become fit or it will be near impossible to complete. Then, decide your training plan: what do you need to achieve on month one, month two and so on.

If your goal (to use our example above) was to learn another language, what about you book your holiday in the country that speaks that language so your survival J during your holiday depends on you knowing that language. Then you know what you need to know by when.

All of a sudden, that airy fairy new year resolution becomes a goal that matters to you because it has a date and it has the ability to fail and not be a nice experience if you failed.

In the same way, how much is your company or your department vision worth if it doesn’t have a roadmap to help you achieve it, if it doesn’t have steps to move from where you are today to where you want to be tomorrow? Each year, I both coach and create a yearly vision for my department that fits with the company one but what I have found to be the secret of a successful year when we deliver is that it is not MY vision…it is OUR vision.

The secret of a great goal is that it will affect more than you

Last year, I was privileged enough to attend a Tony Robbins event called Date with Destiny. The premise behind it is for the participant to understand they can literally create their own destiny, that truly we are in charge of our own decisions and many more concepts. One of the concepts that stuck with me is when Tony said that, great decisions or great goals affect more than just yourself because humans are here to give. And this got me thinking…

One of my goals for next year is to have more coaching agreements, more clients and it dawned on me that, the real reason behind it is actually not because I can generate revenue but because, for me, what truly matters is the impact I can have on those clients, helping them achieve their goals and be a part of their journey.

Let’s go back to our first example of losing weight and let’s imagine I am a parent of a young child, of school age that has sports day at school. Let’s imagine I am not super fit and prefer to look at sports day from the side rather than take part. What would happen if instead of making my goal “lose 10 kg” I made it to be “Help my child win the relay race” or whatever

the event is. All of a sudden, I am no longer making it about me. I am making it greater than me and helping making my child proud of his/her dad. Not wanting to let my child down, I might decide to go for jogs or gym or anything that will improve my wellbeing. The weight loss (in my example) becomes secondary but will also happen naturally and I, as a dad, will feel much prouder that I help my child achieve something that if I had lost weight just for me.

If we go back to the example of setting a team vision, last year, I set it up as a team exercise: all my team members created our department vision instead of me imparting it on them. What it did was to instantly create a joint sense of ownership. All of a sudden, goals mattered to them as those were our goals, that we created. What it meant is that together we were working towards the same objective, facing obstacles together and achieving them really mattered.

So, you see…I will not be making a set a new year’s resolution in the traditional sense. I will set myself goals that really matter to me and that will impact many people positively. The goals will be tied to dates, so I cannot escape and not deliver. Let’s be honest: no one likes failing and let other people down, and it is something I definitely do not want to do either.

Weekly Market Summary – 16th December 2018

Weekly Market Summary – 16th December 2018

Sean Burgess | PraxisIFM Asset Manager and Co-Founder Emirates HR

With all but the Nasdaq Composite index in negative territory year-to-date, as investor confidence continues to be damaged by global trade and economic fears. Data released over the week showed that Chinese exports and industrial production slowed in November, whilst European car sales dropped for the third consecutive month. US-Sino trade tensions remained after the arrest of Huawei’s CFO.


With the €30 billion a month bond-buying scheme finishing at the end of this month despite a recent slowdown in the eurozone’s growth. The programme was started in 2015 in order to stimulate the bloc’s economy and avoid deflation, with the ECB being the last of the major central banks to take action. The ECB also announced that they will keep interest rates at zero percent going into next year.


With the FTSE 100 gaining almost a percent over the week, after Prime Theresa May survived a vote of no-confidence in her Conservative party. Although May received 200 votes from a possible 317, she no longer has the political strength to push through the current Brexit deal. European leaders added a further setback to May’s leadership by refusing to negotiate the current deal.


Measured at an annualised rate over the third quarter, which is more than twice as much as originally estimated by the government. A number of weather-related disasters contributed to the contraction, with economists seeing growth returning in the current quarter. Japan and the EU ratified the Economic Partnership Agreement which will govern trade worth a third of the world’s economy.


The biggest weekly loss in three years, due to both weaker demand and higher production. Warmer-than-normal weather for December dampened demand at a time that gas production hits a record high. Meanwhile, oil prices dropped for the week on a stronger dollar and lower investor confidence in riskier assets, despite a fall in the Baker Hughes US oil rig count for a second consecutive week.

In other financial news:
  • Turkey’s growth falls to 1.6 percent in Q3, compared to 5.3 and 7.0 percent in the previous quarters, due to higher interest rates, a weaker lira and rising oil prices.
  • Indian stocks fall on surprise resignation, with the Sensex index ending 0.8 percent lower, after the central bank governor Urjit Patel unexpectedly left his role.
  • Global debt reaches $184 trillion, which equates to approximately 225 percent of global GDP in 2017, with the US, China and Japan accounting for half of this figure.
  • Apple to build $1 billion Texas base, with another $10 billion spent on data centres, as the tech giant sets out its 5-year investment plan that will create 20,000 US jobs.
Aneta Grabiec

Aneta Grabiec

aka The Wellness Designer

A psychologist, nutritional therapist-relationship with food expert, Hormone Reset program- no diet weight loss approach, senior yoga teacher- teaching yoga to individuals, corporates and studios around London and running international retreats, Toxicology and Detox Expert, Mindfulness Facilitator, Wellness Consultant, a chocoholic- author of Healthy Chocolate E-Book, Cellulite The Natural Way and Sugar-Food We All Crave and Nobody Needs.

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