To follow on from my post about obesity affecting employment chances, the BBC has now announced that unemployment levels in the UK have now hit nearly 2 million.
Crap. that's not good.
Unfortunately there is no magic solution and no-one really knows which way to turn.
However, as ever we need to keep focused on the positives in to get out of this rut as soon as possible!
It won't be easy and will require effort and a radical change in thinking and approach for many people.
Unfortunately it takes times like these to give people the kick up the backside they needed!
It's human nature to get comfortable! We always act in ways which make our life easier and seek the easiest route wherever possible!
There's nothing wrong with this but as always, when the tide turns, those who have not built themselves on solid foundations are the ones who come crashing down first.
At times like this, pretty much everybody suffers but those who have crystal clear goals, beliefs and mindsets about who they are and what they want to achieve.
This helps them not to panic but stay on the same path.
It may require slight detours to cope with the dramatically different scenarios they face but essentially they are headed in the same direction.
The same applies to your fitness.
You will suffer injuries, illness, bad days, good days and wonder if you are making the progress you want.
Only with clear goals and a rock-solid plan can you answer that and make any necessary changes to ensure you are.
Don't expect an easy ride or for everything to go well all the time - as we are finding out in these times, life doesn't work like that!
On a personal level I follow the Magic Hundred program which has been fantastic at keeping me focused on specific goals in business, fitness, health, education and relationships.
Every time I get frustrated I check through my Magic Hundred list of goals and it soon becomes clearer what decision I need to take to keep moving forward.
Next thing, you can be assured something good comes my way and I continue to move forward rather than sitting in a big hole wondering which side to try climbing up!
If you are in a situation where you have no idea which way to turn DO NOT just try to fumble your way out.
You will be left frustrated and having wasted a lot of time, you'll probably be in even more of a panic.
Start with the best goal setting program I've ever found and the rest will simply slot into place.
Just trust me on this one!
PS I can't recommend this enough honestly. The Magic Hundredhas got me laser-focused and steaming forward with all areas of my life!