Poor old Michael Finnegan

It’s 1 February. A month ago today, lots of people vowed to go to the gym three times a week/sign up for evening classes/give up smoking/get a new job/save money by taking a homemade lunch to work. For some of those people, their resolve may be beginning to weaken by now and all sorts of things are getting in the way of achieving those goals.

As a role model for someone who just doesn’t give up, Michael Finnegan is probably somewhat extreme. Right now, you’re either wondering who he is or you have the following ‘unboundedly long song’ (as Wikipedia rather fabulously describes this repetitive tune) rattling through your mind –

 There was an old man named Michael Finnegan

He had whiskers on his chinnegan

The wind came out and blew them in again

Poor old Michael Finnegan, begin again

Repeat ad infinitum (or ad nauseam)

You can’t fault his determination! Maybe you’re at the other end of the spectrum and feeling like you might as well not bother as you fell at the first hurdle.

I’m here to tell you that that needn’t be the case. Who says we can only resolve to do good stuff on 1 January? Why not 1 February? Why not 9 May or 14 October? If your resolution/objective/goal seemed like a great idea then, who’s to say it still isn’t now?

Go and grab yourself a coffee/tea/beverage of your choice and give yourself some time to review what got in the way over the last few weeks. Also take a look at what did work and see how you can incorporate more of it.

What if you re-drafted your goal to start from tomorrow? Whose support do you need? Who can help you stay on track? Phone a friend to chat it over if that helps or email me. Remember why this goal was important to you.

Today’s pebble for you to examine:

Is it time for you to take a leaf out of Michael Finnegan’s book and just begin again?

I’d love to hear from you,


Turning over pebbles is the blog of Thinking Space Coaching. 

If you’d like to make progress in your work and life, why not email me to see how we could work together?

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