“Whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do it well; whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself completely; in great aims and in small I have always thoroughly been in earnest.”

Charles Dickens

Good morning peeps, meditation done.

Quote for the day:

“Whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do it well; whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself completely; in great aims and in small I have always thoroughly been in earnest.”

Charles Dickens

Yesterday Stephen Moss wrote an article in the Guardian and said,

“Writer Tony Jordan has made me want to return to the books and immerse myself in Dickens’ imaginative world again,”

All because of the 20-part BBC1 series ‘Dickensian’, which started on Boxing Day, packed in four episodes in two days, resumes on New Year’s Day, and will be popping up again in unexpected half-hour slots — the scheduling logic is impenetrable — some time soon (at least we devotees hope it will).

I am with Stephen, ‘Dickensian’ has been one of the highlights of my Christmas along with Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’ and Julian Fellow’s ‘Downton Abbey’.

Dickensian is a mashup, to use the fashionable term, of bits of Dickens’ novels and a score of his characters, all brilliantly reworked by ‘EastEnders’ éminence grise, Tony Jordan, and a team of co-writers. It is Dickens as soap, with the Three Cripples pub (from Oliver Twist) forming the traditional focal point of soap life, and Ebenezer Scrooge (from A Christmas Carol) and Mrs Gamp (from Martin Chuzzlewit) exchanging barbed pleasantries in the street outside.

Fagin, without his band of lively urchins and clichéd box of miser’s trinkets, emerges as a clever, ingratiating, dangerous pimp; Bill Sikes, too, becomes more than a comedy villain; and Nancy — young, sharp, streetwise but horribly vulnerable — is a person rather than a plot device.

Better still, Jordan has developed the characters’ histories: we will discover exactly why Miss Havisham became an embittered old spinster, and understand the full tragedy of the Barbary sisters, because the back stories of Great Expectations and Bleak House are being enacted before us. Jordan has done Dickens the great service of taking his plots seriously, and in doing so has encouraged us to do the same.

Jordan has made me want to return to the books and immerse myself in Dickens’ imaginative world again.

Charles Dickens was born on 7th February 1812 and died on 9th June 1870, he was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world’s best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.

Born in Portsmouth, Dickens left school to work in a factory when his father was incarcerated in a debtors’ prison. Despite his lack of formal education, he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children’s rights, education, and other social reforms.

Dickens set out on his career as a writer at the age of 20 and devoted his whole life to writing. In 1833 he submitted his first story, ‘A Dinner at Poplar Walk’, to the London periodical Monthly Magazine and 37 years later on 8 June 1870, Dickens suffered a stroke at his home after a full day’s work on his final novel ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’, he never regained consciousness, and the next day he died at Gad’s Hill Place after a lifetime of writing some of the greatest novels and stories ever written.

It got me really thinking about how much of your time and life you have to devote to be good at something. I spent the first 19 years of my life devoted to sport, then the next 20 years to dance and choreography. I started personal training and football coaching 18 years ago, yoga 9 years ago and writing a mere 4 years ago.

I have spent the last few days writing my goals for 2016, carrying on a process I began going into 2012, which was when I first began writing my Quote for the Day’s.

I realised I have been getting up early now and writing a journal/blog everyday for exactly four years, I published and sold my first book ‘Celebrity Training Secrets’ exactly a year ago today and have written 45 weekly articles, but that is nothing compared to the output and longevity of Dickens.

Looking back at my yearly goals, some things have not changed over the past four years, here are some from 2012

Wealth

1. Release a Bootylicious work out DVD

2. Release a Yoga DVD

3. Write a fitness, health and lifestyle column for a local magazine and Sunday Times Style Magazine.

Health

1. Practice yoga, Meditate and stretch everyday.

2. Walk everyday

3. Achieve split position on both legs and be able to sit in Lotus position.

Social- Self

1. Plan and book a trip to Verbier to see my Godchildren.

2. Find a property with a garden for Zeus and the cats.

3. Marry the woman of my dreams.

Personal Enrichment

1. Go on another Yoga Teacher Training

2. Raise awareness and money for child and domestic abuse

3. Raise awareness and money for diabetes, cancer and heart disease

I have been striving every day for the last four years to achieve theses goals and many more, others have been achieved and crossed off, but I will continue to work hard everyday and devote myself to them until I have achieved everyone of these goals and my main mission in life, which is to help improve the health, happiness and lifestyles of as many people as possible.

This year I am going to focus and devote even more of my time and life to yoga, meditation and writing.

What are your goals, what are you going to devote yourself to?

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Good luck with Setting Your Goals for 2016 and have a fabulous night tonight,

Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year,

May all your dreams come true,

Breathe, Believe and Achieve

Be Happy, Healthy and Wise

Keep on Winning, Smiling and Living the Dream

Namaste

Steve Agyei

Founder of Beyond Lifestyle Secrets

Author of Celebrity Training Secrets

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