I’ll admit that I am no Stephen Covey, but this is a list of the seven things that I have found to not only be beneficial for me and my family, but these are the common characteristics that my most successful clients and boot campers all share.
Start today and keep going until these are the new habits for your life. Committing to these simple steps, will make it easier to embrace any change in your life.
Have a great weekend everyone!
1. Get quality sleep
As you’ve heard it said many times before, it is important for an adult to get quality sleep between 7-9 hours a night. Structure your day so that you will be able to wind down prior to your bedtime and have that quality sleep your body needs and deserves.
The earlier you have to get up, the earlier you need to go to bed. It’s a great way to rest from the stress of the previous day, and re-energize for the upcoming day.
2. Surround yourself with people who encourage you
As typical human beings we tend to be very hard on ourselves. We are our toughest critics. The last thing we need to is spend time with people who are critical toward us. It erodes at your self-esteem, and is unhealthy. Spend time with people who see you and value you for who you are. They end up becoming “wind beneath your wings,” and truly making you feel as though you can accomplish anything.
3. Exercise regularly
Exercise raises your serotonin levels (the “happy” hormones). It gives you confidence when you overcome physical challenges. It also gives you a sense of accomplishment and it’s a way of telling yourself, “I value you.” Exercising sends you a message that you are worth taking the time out for yourself to make your body and mind healthier and stronger.
4. Eat a clean, healthy diet
Eating a clean, healthy diet is another way of sending the message to yourself that you value yourself enough to feed your body only the best. Avoid processed foods. Focus on foods that are fresh, like vegetables and fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins. Remember to avoid the salt and sugar. A healthy diet keeps your hormones in balance, and makes for a healthier, happier, more confident YOU!
5. Finish what you start
Something motivated you to start that project, whether it’s the demand of the boss at work, or the need to freshen up your home. It could also be an exercise program. Once you find the motivation to start something, realize there will be obstacles that may get in your way. Each time you overcome that obstacle, you develop a deeper sense of accomplishment, which fuels your self-esteem. It is a great feeling to start something, and it’s an incredible feeling to finish it. Cross your finish line!
6. Eliminate “can’t” and “but” from your vocabulary
Those obstacles that can get in your way when working toward a goal, typically come from a lot of self statements that begin with “can’t” and “but.” Take a day to just catch yourself, and note how many times you use those two self-defeating words. The next day, turn those two words into “can,” and completely eliminate “but” from your vocabulary. No excuses… you CAN do anything you truly set your mind to! As you accomplish those goals that you CAN accomplish, your self-esteem will sky-rocket.
7. Focus on your personal gifts
All of us were created with unique gifts. We ALL have something we are really good at. Get in touch with your gift, and focus on that in your day-to-day living. Sometimes we get caught up in comparing ourselves to others, and if they happen to be better at us at something it erodes our self-esteem. You are your own unique you. Find what makes you special and zone in on that. As you focus in on what you are naturally good at, again, your self-esteem will sky-rocket! You will feel happier and more productive in your life!
Everyday is a gift. Use that gift to its greatest potential!