How to succeed in 2018 when you think you can’t

Posted on: 15th January, 2018

Category: Health & Lifestyle

Contributor: West Cork People

Success Coach and Business Mentor Sarah Leather says we need to reinvent the way we do our January goals to move away from relying on being constantly motivated. Here are some suggestions from her to get you off to a flying start in January and have an amazing 2018.

1) Instead of deciding what you are going to ‘do’ in 2018, decide who you’re going to ‘be’. You need to move towards the kind of person you want to be, the vision of yourself you have in the future in line with your own personal values. This helps you to get the long-lasting change needed. There’s a big difference between starting a new diet and becoming a slim healthy person or starting a business and becoming a business owner. Focus on what kind of person you want to be rather than what you have to do to get there, that comes later.

2) If I had a magic wand (and I do!) and you could be, do or have anything you wanted this year, what would you wish for? Write out a list of everything that would be on your ‘be, do and have’ list. Then take a highlighter pen and highlight your top three. These are your goals for 2018.

3) Looking at your three goals, what needs to happen for them to become a reality? Create a list of takes and consistent behaviours that will have to occur to get what you want. Schedule these tasks into your diary and highlight milestones along the way.

4) Give yourself rewards along the way when you reach certain milestones. Many of my clients are creating their own dream business so they can leave their 9-5, job so I get them to reward themselves with some time off the laptop doing something they love. Others have huge health goals such as losing three to five stone or getting their body ready for pregnancy, so they reward themselves with fresh flowers or time to themselves.

5) Know that there will more than likely be setbacks along the way. Getting your goals isn’t so much about avoiding roadblocks but about managing them when they occur and not letting them stop you. This is where resilience is built and you become stronger (physically or emotionally) and keep going no matter what. You will absolutely succeed as long as you keep going. Also know that your success can bother some people who try to sabotage your success. Many of my clients have well-meaning friends and relations who don’t support their attempts to create a profitable business or will bake their favourite cake when they have a new health goal. This is where you need to strengthen your resilience muscle the most and not let anyone else stop you from living your life. Your dreams are important and you need to keep going.

6) Get support and accountability. We’re not meant to succeed in isolation. Get help from a buddy, friend, coach or anyone else who has your back. Find out what works for you and ask for the help you need (see advert on this page for your free Success Session).

7) Know that you can do this. Every day you wake up with the opportunity to succeed. Some things in life you can’t control (like politics and other peoples behaviour) but you are completely in control of how you think and what you create in your life. It can take some courage but you can do it. You matter.

Get yourself a new notebook and start writing out your own plan for this year. Start with taking one tiny action and be very proud of yourself.

Sarah Leather is a Success Coach and Business Mentor at She helps women to have their dream business, body, bank balance or baby!

‘Healthy Wealthy Mindset for Success’ Workshop help’s women to create or strengthen their inner entrepreneur. The next workshop is on Saturday, January 20 in Cork. Email her at or phone 0872332023 for details.

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This Saturday the 10th March, will see some magically curious activity as local Bandon national schools compete in a Wizarding Harry Potter Quiz. The prize will be the beautiful Bandon Banshee Perpetual Cup.

As any Harry Potter enthusiast knows, Bandon has the unique honour of having a character named after the town. The Bandon Banshee, was referred to as the nemesis of Gilderoy Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets. The book grossed €60 million in sales and was the 7th highest earning film of all time.

Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

If you have any questions please call Marguerite McQuaid on 087 900 9494
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With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

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Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
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