Whether it’s changing up your morning routine to including some quiet time within your schedule, these 4 practices are sure enough to have you making waves in 2019!
Goal-setting is all about finding that “sweet spot”, also known as achievable goals that are right outside your comfort zone. Because achievement is a chemically driven game, you want to aim to hit that reward center of your brain responsible for releasing chemicals associated with emotions like pride and joy. Hormones, dopamine, serotonin and epinephrine are all released when we hit that “sweet spot”, making you feel proud and motivated. So, aim to set up yearly goals like an ascending staircase, in small incremental steps moving upward, and increasing in small doses of intensity. Goals are unique to the individual, so spend time feeling out where that spot is for you, and you’re guaranteed to own your 2019 goals.
If you’ve paid attention to any of the world’s thought leaders & influencers in past several years, morning routines are a proven path for success, practiced by true leaders. A strong start yields a strong finish, so taking time to create a routine that works for you is a must! Morning routines vary depending on the individual, but almost always have some variation of the following elements:
Self-care may be a buzzword these days, but that’s because it’s extremely important. Think about it like this–energy is energy, no matter how it’s spent. If you’re expending energy during the day for professional growth, scheduling, learning, collaborating & growing, then you must balance your days with self-care or you’ll find yourself burning the candle at both ends and melting fast! Time spent getting a massage, a home-cooked meal, plenty of sleep, laughing with friends, dancing, and engaging in activities that endorse feelings of light-heartedness, play and ease will put fuel back in your tank. Try to shift your thinking to “how can I fill my tank back up?” will help guide you.
The road ahead can often feel like the proverbial carrot being dangled in front of our nose, never able to truly reach it. But shifting your mindset to measuring backwards can truly propel you forwards. Take a moment to look at where you were last year or in the past five years and chances are, the proof of growth will be right in front of you, giving you the fuel to move forward with your head held high and the accolades to prove it.