Success often feels like a vague, undefinable concept, and many people don’t understand what to do to get there. Most people have a desire to reach certain goals but end up burning themselves out trying to find short-term solutions to get there fast. The reality is, if these are things you need to be implementing the rest of your life, the rate at which you get there doesn’t matter in relation to the permanency of these habits.
Most of you have been following along with Jeffrey’s Journey. You may be wondering about the day to day details and what things they’re doing in order to be successful. Here are some tips from Alexis, his in-home coach:
10 things we did in week 1 to ensure success:
Success Tip #1. Make our beds first thing in the morning.
Making your bed first thing in the morning is considered a keystone habit. It’s the first accomplishment of the day and creates a chain reaction leading to more successes. It also creates a positive state of mind and leads to other good habits. This one action may seem small, but it sets the tone for the rest of your day. It gives you a feeling of instant satisfaction. Not to mention, coming home and getting into a well made bed at the end of the night provides a sense of relief and helps reduce stress, leading to a better night’s sleep!
Success Tip #2. Exercise every morning.
Starting your day with exercise not only increases your metabolism and gives you energy, but it also gives you a mood boost! Why? When you exercise, you release endorphins in your brain, mainly to decrease discomfort during exercise. Another neuro-chemical, dopamine, a chemical related to happiness, is similarly released. Starting your day with a regular workout routine is not only good for your physical health but a great way to start your day with an upbeat attitude.
Success Tip #3. Create a budget.
Knowing and writing down the amount of money you bring in, the amount going towards bills, groceries, etc, will help you manage your finances better. This will allow you to know how much to put aside and when you have a goal or desire to do something extra such as activities, buy clothes, go on trips, or whatever else you want to do.
Success Tip #4. Write weekly goals, daily habits, and check them off after completion.
We use a whiteboard in Jeffrey’s kitchen for this. We divide half of the board into weekly goals and the other into daily habits we want to achieve. At the end of the day before bed, we go over the daily habits and goals, check them off, and mark them with a date as we complete them. By the end of the week, we review the board. Seeing the goals and habits up on a wall not only serves as a reminder of the things we need to get done but also provides a feeling of accomplishment seeing all the check marks at the end of the week. Setting and achieving smaller short term goals usually tend to help reach bigger long term goals.
Success Tip #5. Make a schedule for each day.
When you have lots of things that need to be completed throughout the day, putting yourself on a schedule and setting aside distinct times and deadlines for those things is a great way to manage your time and maintain a level of productivity during the day. It’s one thing to just say you have to do this or that but it’s a whole different concept when you put a time on it.
Success Tip #6. Hang up motivational quotes and pictures.
Some people need a little more help with self motivation than others. In order to help motivate Jeffrey motivate himself throughout his day, we place numerous motivational quotes and pictures of happy memories, accomplishments and goals on his walls all around his home. By doing this, he is able to help inspire himself by what he sees, helping him create a positive “go get’em” attitude for the remainder of the day.
Success Tip #7. Write ten things we are grateful for everyday.
At the end of the day, Jeffrey and I journal about ten things we are grateful for in our lives. It’s not only a good way to reflect on the day but a great way to change your outlook on your life. Instead of focusing and stressing about the negative interactions, feelings, and downfalls of the day, you are teaching yourself to be happy for what you do have and the things that went right during the day. This completely changes your attitude before you go to sleep which enables you to not only attract more positives to your life but helps you sleep better because you are more relaxed rather than upset or stressed about the day.
Success Tip #8. Meal prep.
Meal prepping is a great way to ensure healthy eating. When you meal prep for future meals, you not only save time by not having to prepare lunches for work that morning or having to cook dinner after a long day, but this critical activity also reduce the risk of choosing fast food or other unhealthy options which seem to be quick and easy.
Success Tip #9. Share vulnerabilities with one another to develop trust.
In order for Jeffrey and I to become more comfortable with one another and develop trust, we decided that every night after journaling we would share at least one vulnerability with the other. Being vulnerable allows us to connect, be honest with ourselves and grow as individuals. If this program is going to be successful, Jeffrey and I need to be able to do all these things.
Success Tip #10. Make time for fun activities!
One of the fastest ways to get off track is to get burnt out on your daily routine. To prevent this from happening, we schedule enjoyable past times into our daily and weekly routine. For instance, we took a rewarding hike to the top of Enchanted Rock, went swimming at the pool, saw a movie and spent an afternoon at the lake with friends! It keeps us from getting bored doing the same repetitious thing day in and day out throughout the week and ultimately gave us a balance between fun and responsibility.
If you’re interested in getting a recap from Jeffrey’s first week in the program, check out his video:
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