So, here we are in 2016 focusing on our year plans and hoping to find a pathway to success and fullfilment!

Do you want to know how to make your plans more likely to succeed?

Well, these are exciting times.

All over the self-help world, there is an abundance phenomenon that is changing lives. The basic premise is that thought, emotion, habit and belief are all linked to achievement levels and if we adjust these fundamental life-drivers, we can radically improve our rate and height of success.

With the latest neuroscience discoveries now proving that this is indeed possible, it suddenly becomes easier to believe that we can achieve whatever we put our minds to.

Making plans that stick for 2016

Ultimately, all you need to know is that with clarity, discipline and commitment, the only things that can really hold you back are your own self doubt and fear.

Having looked at some of the most prominent life-change promoters, including corporate leadership experts, I have cherry-picked the main recommendations to make a quick hit-list to support your New Year action plan:

  • Clarify your current situation, list past joys, achievements and present positives
  • Decide on clear goals and commit to doing what it takes to keep it in focus
  • Give yourself time each morning to center and set clear mini goals for the day
  • Don’t avoid the worst parts of your day – tackle them first. Resistance wastes energy.
  • Pay attention - identify limiting beliefs, weed out knee-jerk negatives, recognise distractions and excuses
  • Nurture positive thoughts that support a positive outcome
  • Give real time to personal development – your current expectations drive your performance

Therapeutic essential oils boost brain power for strategic planning

Specifically why I am here talking about this, of course, is that when it comes to enhancing mind and emotions, pure essential oils have proven value.


Recently, I had to go over some work contracts and found myself procrastinating and feeling fuzzy headed with just the thought of it. Eventually, I took stock and put a combination of two of my pre-blended prescriptions in the diffuser (Clarity & Confidence and Brain Power, 10 drops each) and even I was amazed at how in less than five minutes I was happily on task. My brain was working clearly and I breezed through the work.

  • Confidence
  • Clarity
  • Composure
  • Stamina
  • Concentration
  • Memory

All of the above can be enhanced by essential oil prescription. With the right synergy, we can combine cleansing and relaxation properties to improve awareness and calm, and to free up mental energy for the work at hand.

Plus, while you probably already know that memory and scent are inextricably linked, there is another really important relationship between memory and the mechanics of bringing a plan to fruition that makes pure aroma even more powerful in this context.

We use memory:

  • for forming ideas
  • to form and then hold a strategy or work plan in our mind
  • to monitor progress as we work towards our goal
  • to maintain clarity for attention to detail and for motivation for follow through

So, when we experience an aroma during the process of solidifying plans, that aroma then becomes associated with the final vision and will later strengthen any level of recall connected to the follow through.

How to be strategic with pure essential oils

When you sit down to clarify your goals and create a time plan or schedule for action…

  • Put selected pure essential oils in a diffuser (see below for recommendations)
  • Review where you are at – frame your position in positives
  • Clarify your values and main motivation
  • State your vision for the next stage up (e.g. this time next year, I want to be….)
  • Outline a path of small goals and actions to connect you from now to where you want to be

Any time you are reviewing or working towards your vision…

  • Put the same choices of pure essential oils in a diffuser

The best pure essential oils for focus and follow-through

Organic Rosemary Cineol (Rosmarimus officinalis cineol)

The pure, therapeutic version of this essential oil is the thinking man’s medicine. It delivers clarifying, vital notes to awaken the mind and creative process. It can help lift you out of fatigue and improve short and long-term memory, and it brings a refreshing herb aroma with calming woody undertones. Research has connected this oil to improved cognitive performance, mood and memory.

Organic Bergamot (Citrus auranthium var. bergamia)

Restorative and cleansing, pure Bergamot complements a working focus by promoting balance and natural composure. It can help you focus the mind by reducing nervousness and agitation, and has a warm, citrus aroma that is pleasing and fresh. Research connects Bergamot to reduction in anxiety and stress levels.


Organic Cedarwood Atlas

A rich, woody aroma with calming and grounding properties, Cedarwood is a great oil to include in a work or study blend. It helps to instill balance and positivity, especially in the face of chaos or conflict, and is gently cleansing on mind-clutter for more focused contemplation.


Organic Lemon

A vibrant wake up to mind and senses, pure Lemon essential oil is an instant call to attention. Thoroughly cleansing and fortifying, it helps bring the mind to focus and to improve stamina and accuracy. Its energizing citrus aroma evokes powerful recall, aids decision making and brings clarity in times of confusion. It is full-on positivity and helps to release negative thoughts and limiting feelings of burden and responsibility. In one Japanese study, a data-input workforce produced 54% less errors when working in a lemon enhanced environment.

You can put 5-10 drops of any of the above oils in a diffuser or you can combine them to create greater therapeutic synergy, 2 drops each.

For full prescription synergy, made with all organic, pure therapeutic essential oils, I recommend only my own tried and tested blends Clarity & Confidence, Brain Power and Revitalise. As the names suggest, each offers a subtle variation on the theme which will allow you to find what best supports your needs.


Medicinal-grade Therapeutic Plant Oils must be 100% pure. At Absolute Essential we use certified organic or wild grown (sustainable) plants to produce our oils and all extraction processes are strictly controlled to produce the best quality oil with a maximum purity and therapeutic value. See more at Absolute Essential.