Before I share this list of 10 Actions of Highly Successful People, I’ll be candid and tell you that I don’t do all of them. However, because they are wonderful habits, I want to make all of them a part of my daily routine. Having a list like this where you can refer to it, will keep you focused to make healthy lifestyle changes.
Rise and shine early in the morning
Are you an early riser? What’s early for one might be late for another so find the time that works right for you. It should be early enough to allow you time for yourself to read, write, meditate, or just organize your day.
Exercise and eat healthy
Find something you enjoy that moves your body. Do you have a friend that you could meet each day to walk with? Do you like snowshoeing or skiing? When spring appears, do you like to garden or bike? Choose something you love and do it regularly. How about your diet? Do you consider how the things you eat nourishes your body? Do you keep health building foods in your pantry and refrigerator, and empty calorie foods to a minimum?
Adopt a positive mindset
When you hear that negative, critical voice in your head, do you replace it with something positive? Challenge yourself and the members of your family to go a whole day without saying anything negative. If you do, put a dollar in a jar. This activity will make you become aware of how often negativity shows its face.
Organize, plan and map out your day
Are you a planner or do you fly by the seat of your pants? Grab a calendar and/or a journal and write down exactly what you want to do tomorrow. Whenever you think of something new, add it to the list. Look at your calendar and plan your activities through the week. Be specific. Hold yourself accountable. The satisfying part is checking them off once they are completed.
Make time for people
Do you connect with people on a personal level? Do you ask questions and care to listen to them? Do you make eye contact with them? When someone is talking to you do you put your electronic device down? I think this is something most people could work on these days.
Work on a personal passion project
Do you have something that gets you excited to get out of bed? Working on something you enjoy doing fuels your energy to accomplish even more. Do something this week that you’ve been wanting to try for a while. Maybe what you start won’t end up being your personal passion project, but you have to start somewhere.
Mediate to clear the mind
What is a good time for you in a day to meditate? As you plan your days, make sure to include quiet time to think and meditate. It doesn’t have to be for long, just enough to get into a practice of centering yourself. This simple act will help you to be more equipped to accomplish all of your goals.
How informed are you? It’s important to know what is going on around you. Don’t just follow what you hear or read on social media. Stay abreast of the news and form your own opinion on important matters.
Always count your blessings and be aware of what you are grateful for
Make it a point each day (dinner time is a good time to remember) to focus your attention on the many blessings in your life. All too many times, we focus on the negative events of the day. Instead, block out negative thoughts and focus on all the wonderful opportunities around you.
Get your rest
Do you have good sleeping habits? A good night’s rest will set the tone for the next day. Strive to get ample rest to be your best healthy self.
Jot down this list and keep it handy to ensure you do these things daily, and then repeat the steps the next day. As for me, I haven’t checked all 10 of these off my list, but I’m proud to report that I do about about 85% of them consistently. Now to work on the other 15%!
How about you? Is this a list that you would like to use as a guideline to improve yourself in 2017?