HOW DO YOU EAT AN ELEPHANT?
One bite at a time! When I first heard this saying I thought, “Why would I want to eat an elephant?” 🙂 Lol, but the point of course is to emphasize that the only way to achieve an “elephant-sized” goal is to take it one step at a time. Have you ever set out to accomplish something significant? Have you ever gave up because you were too focused on everything you had to do to get there?
Often times we overwhelm ourselves during our journey toward success. If there is too much distance between our current situation and our desired outcome, we get flustered or become stressed. We may try to take on too many things at once or become prisoner to the idea of instant gratification.
WE LOSE HOPE AND WE BECOME DEFEATED…
It’s important that we remain grounded, centered and focus our attention on one thing at a time. What better place to begin than with the simple things we do daily… our habits. According to the great Aristotle, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” Therefore, if we want to achieve excellence, success or finally improve our lives… we have to examine our habits.
Our habits are powerful!
They shape our lives and are essential when we want to create lasting change. Once a decision to do something becomes a habit, the road toward success becomes easier to travel. I read this amazing book, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business and I encourage you to check it out to dig a little deeper. Our habits help us in so many more ways than I imagined and I want to share some with you to help you along your journey!
HERE ARE 10 SIMPLE HABITS THAT WILL IMPROVE YOUR LIFE
1. RISE AND SHINE
When I worked in corporate America, I found myself consistently having a bad day as a result of a hectic morning. Between getting myself and the kids ready and fighting the morning traffic, I barely had time to eat breakfast. I was usually forgetting something or rushing to arrive to work on-time. As a result, I decided to start my day at 5am every morning and it has been working out great for me. I have plenty of time to meditate, exercise, get ready for my day, eat a balanced breakfast and leave early enough to arrive at my destination on time.
Since I’ve learned the importance of mindfulness and meditation, I commit to this practice at least twice per day. Meditation in the morning allows me to clear my mind and set a positive intention for my day. Meditation in the evening allows me the opportunity to rid myself of any negativity that entered my space during the day. Meditation is extremely important in my life and I urge you to devote some time each morning and night to this beneficial practice.
3. WALK OR RUN
When I first began this practice, I would walk around my neighborhood while listening to stress relieving music. Now that I have built up my endurance, I am able to run the same distance and I look and feel much better than before. Also, I do not run everyday but this is something that I do at least 3 times per week.
I highly recommend adding some form of exercise in your routine. Not only will you look great over time, but you will feel better almost instantly. I ♥ the way I feel after a good run! It’s almost like a positive natural high. My mind is clear, my stress levels are low and I feel great. You should try it for yourself 🙂
4. DRINK WATER
Drinking water is super important guys! I know we’ve all heard that we should drink 8 glasses of water per day and all of that… but this is so true. I was never much of a water drinker, but since I’ve experienced its power I’m hooked 🙂 Drinking water has a ton of great health benefits, which you can google and research until you’re convinced. But, for me drinking water cleared my skin, helped grow my hair and helped me clear my sinuses. How awesome is that?
5. EAT HEALTHIER
Eating healthy is another great daily habit because it improves your overall health and well-being. Think about it, food is like the fuel for your body. Your body is extremely important, valuable and ultimately priceless. So, if you had a super expensive car would you put low-grade or cheap gas in it? Technically, you could because your car would still run… but overtime you will start to develop problems with your automobile. This is how we should view our bodies. They are valuable, we shouldn’t fuel them with junk.
What we choose to believe about ourselves and our lives is a direct reflection of our thoughts. So, you can believe you are a success or you can believe you are a failure… either way, you are right. You have the power to choose and I cannot emphasize this enough. Your thoughts create your reality! So, if you have all of this power why would you choose to feed yourself negativity? Why not replace the negative thoughts that race through your mind with positive affirmations?
Instead of I’m hopeless and my life is horrible, try… I’m improving myself and my life is headed in a positive direction. It all starts with you and your perspective. So the moment you notice negative thoughts make the conscious decision to replace them with something positive. Break the old pattern and create a new reality for yourself.
7. CONNECT WITH NATURE
I absolutely ♥ spending time outside. Whether I’m taking a walk around my neighborhood, watching my kiddos ride their bikes or simply sitting on a park bench taking in the serenity of this world… I feel peaceful. Maybe its because I’m a Virgo sun and the earth energy makes me crave the outdoors. Or maybe its because the fresh oxygen helps me clear my mind and see things from a positive perspective. Either way, I make the conscious decision to connect with nature each day. I turn off the computer, put my phone on vibrate and enjoy the beauty that is this world. You should try it for yourself and let me know how it made you feel.
Reading can be an amazing stress reliever if you are open to the idea and willing to receive it’s beauty. I view reading as a way to feed two birds with one seed. When I need to relax or I need to replace my negative thinking with something positive, I will pick up a book. But, not just any book… something positive that will nourish my mind at the same time. Currently, I am reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho which is an inspirational story about a man’s experience creating his life.
This book inspires me to continue on my path toward happiness and success. I encourage you to find some uplifting and inspirational books and commit some time each day toward reading their positive content. When I first began to incorporate reading into my routine, I would read only a few times per week. Now that I’ve found a genre that interests me, I read everyday… faithfully 🙂 Try it for yourself!
You have no idea how many times I thought about giving up on Seed Water Sun. When I first began to create the site, I had no idea what I was doing… I just wanted to write, create and help people improve their lives. I did not expect the amount of dedication it would take to learn my craft and develop a website from scratch while maintaining a high level of empathy, professionalism and integrity. I’ve spent countless hours planning and developing and I’ve sacrificed so much to breathe life into Seed Water Sun.
I was tired and mentally exhausted, but I was determined to reach my goal. So, when I began to think I could not finish this major project, I would immediately stop my thoughts. I would replace “There’s no way I can be successful at this” with “I am learning and growing and I can absolutely do this.” This practice helped me get through the “dip” and continue on my path.
10. LET IT GO
I saved this one for last because it is my favorite 🙂 We are all working on improving ourselves and may subconsciously expect others to be doing the same. But that is not always the case. We are all different and experiencing this lifetime in unique ways. People are going to be who they are and that is perfectly fine.
What we need to remember is that the actions of others is not our burden to carry. We have to let it go. So, when Christy from the office starts gossiping about you again, let it go. When that low-energy driver cuts you off on the highway, let it go. We have enough to deal with in life to be focused on petty or insignificant energy lowering situations. Sometimes, we just have to let it go…
SO, LET’S TAKE SOME ACTION
What is your daily routine and is it aligned with where you desire to be in life? Do you have some unhealthy habits that you know you need to eliminate? I encourage you to examine them and make a conscious effort to implement healthy habits that are going to help in your journey. Don’t expect change to happen over night, just focus on the current day, the current task, the current moment. Thanks guys and happy growing!
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