Eat Healthy & Exercise
We all know this, but do we do it? Food is what supplies nutrients to our body. For healing, growth, immune system, and our brains. No matter what is happening in your life, you must eat properly so you and your body function well through the day. And you must exercise. At least 30 minutes every day will help to keep your body functioning the way it should. Lifting weights, walking, yoga or whatever you find you enjoy to start with. The more consistent you are with eating and exercise; the easier everyday life becomes. And your body will thank you by giving you better days.
Plan Every Day
It is so easy to get caught up in every day events. We say that things went wrong. We blame outside forces for life going wrong. That’s not the case. We didn’t plan. We must have a plan for where we want to be and end up. So plan you long term vision. Then short term visions that lead to the long term. Then the weekly visions, and finally the daily visions. If you have a plan, it’s harder to get derailed. And if you do get derailed, it’s easier to get back on track because you know where the tracks are.
Read and Read a Lot
It doesn’t matter what you read, but read you must. This keeps your mind and imagination engaged. It can be any subject, because there may be an idea that interacts with the knowledge you already have. Of course try to pick books that may help you in your plans. Just one idea may be all it takes to improve how you do things now.
Hang Out with the DOERS
If you are the most successful person in your group, find another group. Hang out with the people that are heading to or have already been where you are or want to be. They have already done many of the things you may have to do. This is how to learn while socializing.
Learn New Skills
Your goals will tell you what you must learn. You should learn the skills that will help you move forward in your goals, in all areas of your life. Don’t just learn things for the sake of learning. Remember that not everything you learn may not be of use now, but it will add to your current skill set helping you in the future. Be prepared.
Stop & Think, Meditate
We become so busy every day, and most of the time it’s with things that this world throws at us, that we don’t even need or is helpful towards our goals. We don’t have time to think about our own lives. Take time every day, to be alone with your own thoughts. These times are needed to keep us calm and unstressed. To be able to think clearly. So that we don’t just react, but take proper action or discard it. So take several minutes every morning to clarify your daily goals and again in the evening to prepare for the next day.
Focus on Daily Activities That Give You the Best Returns
Not everything we do daily will give us the highest returns towards our goals. Whether your goal has to do with your faith, family, marriage, job, personal business or clients, do what gives to the best return for the bang. What are the 20% of the activities that will give you 80% of your desired results. Don’t waste time spinning your wheels. Choose where you allocate your time.
Think About What You’ve Done, Time of Reflection
At the end of your day, take time to reflect on what you did today. Did it work? Was it worth the return? Can you duplicate it if it was worth the return? We don’t have endless hours in a day, so why repeat what isn’t helpful. The old saying, “Keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.” Now if what you are getting really is what you want, congratulations. If not, why repeat what you are doing? So when done for the day, take stock in what you did. Like before bed, put to rest childish things. Then say a prayer to thank Him for the blessing you did receive.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
When we are always on, always in high speed, we need to rest to be at our best. Try to get 7-8 hours a night. Schedule bed time! Yes, try to get there the same time most nights. Your body learns according to time also. Sleep is when your body heals and re-energizes for the next day. When we don’t get enough rest, we don’t perform at our best levels. We make mistakes. We become forgetful. Even our health declines. So start practicing bed time.
Get Up Before the Sun Rises
Most successful people already have half the day done, when most other people are just getting up. Wake up with purpose, early. Get your coffee, watch the news, go over your schedule, plan your day, take a shower, get dressed, then go out and win. My wife KimberleyG and I get up at 4:00am, Monday thru Friday. Coffee and world news, check social media, discuss the day. 4:30am local news for 10 minutes. Shower. Dress. Breakfast (smoothie), out the door at 5:10. By 8:00am I have 3-4 clients done Monday thru Friday. Then working on my Juice Plus business. Practice getting up early. At first it’s not easy. But after a couple of weeks it feels great. And sleeping in on Sunday’s till 6:30-7:00am becomes a personal treat.
Now this is not meant as a last thought, but something we should all do throughout our waking hours, throughout our lives. Practice your faith. It’s not an afterthought. It is your reason. Pray every morning and night. Then when you get breaks during the day, just take time to thank Him.
Charles Baerman PhD
owner BAER Fit / Juice Plus rep