Finding time to invest in self-care can be challenging, especially when you live an extra busy life. When your days are spent bouncing between work, family and social commitments, there can be little time left to catch your breath let alone take time to care for your physical, mental and emotional health. If you are struggling to find time left for self-care, try these four tips to incorporate good self-care habits in your routine.Establish a morning routineStarting the day right is a good way to ensure your mental and physical health is maintained. This might include a healthy breakfast, daily exercise or meditation; figure out what works for you and implement it daily. Over time this will become a habit, helping you to take some time for self-care every day.Schedule time offIt can be easy to find yourself in a cycle of continuous activity, moving from one activity to the next until it seems you are just going through the motions. Make sure you don’t get lost in th…
Recently on HER Mastermind Network (on LinkedIn) Kassandra Vaughn posed the following question: Knowing what you know now, if you could give one piece of advice to your 20 year old self, what would it be?
What a wonderful question! Here was my response:
I would tell myself that every day when we wake up we decide what kind of day we are going to have. When we wake up surrounded by challenged and we allow those challenges to affect our attitude, it sets the tone for how we will react to every incident we encounter throughout the day.
We can decide to wake up on the right side of the bed or on the wrong side.
Once I learned this valuable lesson (took me a long time) I realized just how powerful our minds are. My life has been a lot more rewarding and many more opportunities have come my way because I choose to have a great day… each and every day!
Julie replied with “Instead of worrying IF, concentrate on WHAT you’ll do i…
If you’ve embraced the wonderful practice of setting goals for yourself, kudos to you—but a new challenge can often arise when we start picking too many goals. Here’s a way to sift through the stars and find which ones to reach for.Think about the biggest picture possible. Sit down for a little reflection, journaling, and exploration of who you are as a person and what matters to you. Try making a list of your ten most important values. Once you’ve done that, think about what you want more than anything else in life, and write that down.
Keep it short, sweet, and to the point, in one sentence—no more. You’ll be amazed about how having clarity on the big picture will help you sort through your goals and find the ones that matter.Think about your budget and compromise accordingly. When it comes to goal setting, it’s important to think about the constraints you face and be realistic. If you’re holding down a nine-to-five gig within the median salary range…
When we think of leadership, we sometimes think of epic moments like George Washington crossing the Delaware, or Martin Luther King Jr. speaking on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. But what makes a leader great in a less epic venue, like work?Communication
A good leader at work is a good communicator and clearly spells out expectations. Not only that, they foster good communication between their team. A great leader goes above and beyond leveraging chats, emails, and texting groups to bring their team together around workplace issues. They don’t just offer tools for networking—they help develop a sense of how to communicate effectively.Empathy
A good leader in the workplace cares about their employees and shows it. Remembering the details of their lives and asking follow up questions (in a non-invasive way) about spouses, children, parents, and life events shows that they care about their employees and view them as more than just human chattel.…
One of the magazines I read every month is Success Magazine. I consider it one of the best motivational magazines on life and leadership available today. There are dozen’s of articles in each issue to help us with all aspects of our lives.
There is also a little surprise strategically placed in the center of the magazine as a BONUS. It is a CD/DVD with enhanced articles, motivational presentations and ideas. I love listening to it on the way to work.
Today I joined the Success Achievers Community and have already met some amazing people. I think its a better way to strategically connect with like minded people (its currently not overflowing with hype so its worth checking out. You can learn more here: https://achievers.success.com/feed
Today I want to focus on 10 Actions You Can Take to Turn Your Knowledge Into Power (some my own and some from a recent article on Success. Use these tips to jump start each action.Write down five wa…
Most of the great leaders and successful business people in the world were looked up to and admired because they attained something many aspire to and maybe never achieve. I believe it is because they were good at asking questions! Inventors would never invent things if they didn’t ask questions.
A simple example is the wheel. I can imagine two Neanderthals sitting around thinking, “gee I would love to visit Ugh, but he lives so far away.” And his friend says to him, “it wouldn’t be so bad if we had something to get us to his place quicker!” They had already tried riding the backs of dinosaurs and that didn’t’ work. Have you ever tried to tell a dinosaur where to go? Those big lugs don’t like taking orders from anyone!
Hence the question, what could we invent to get us from point A to point B in faster and safer? Some sort of transportation device is my guess. And instead of riding on the back of a di…
With such a steep rise in the levels of air, water, and noise pollution over the years, experts worldwide are all thumbs up for “green” living. Even businesses are making the necessary strategies towards becoming more sustainable. But, unlike the popular beliefs, choosing eco-friendly business processes is not only helping the environment, but it’s also enhancing the productivity, efficiency, and reducing the overall cost of running an enterprise.
Most importantly, it’s transforming the brand perception in the eyes of consumers. If you are new to this term, here are a few suggestions you can implement to turn your company into more eco-friendly.Start With The Obvious- Go For Alternative Energy Resources
A penny saved is a penny earned- Benjamin Franklin.
If you want to be a part of the “green wave,” you can start by saving money on your overall energy costs. You can either opt for solar panels or use the resources that las…
Learning to communicate effectively means that you first must first learn how to be assertive. The other options of communicating are passiveness or aggressiveness – both of which tend to alienate those you’re trying to communicate with.
When you learn to communicate effectively by flexing your assertive muscles, you’ll experience a boost of self-esteem and a personal confidence which will help you succeed in all areas of your life.
You’ll learn to be less resentful or feel inadequate or guilty about your decisions and will experience more freedom in your life. But, most of all – the way you communicate will improve your relationships, both at work and at home.
Assertiveness means that you’re able to express your thoughts and feelings without anger and in an appropriate and honest way. You’ll be standing up for your rights as a thinking and valuable individual and others won’t be confused about your beliefs and opinions.
Whether you realize it or not, every word you think or speak is an affirmation. Affirmations are declarations, observations if you will, about you and the world around you. The concept seems simple enough until you realize that what you affirm, positive or negative, is what you internalize and make a part of your reality.
Suddenly that statement you made last week to friends about how you will never be able to get ahead isn’t so innocuous, huh?
You can change the way money shows up in your life though, simply by using daily positive affirmations. Eventually, these positive thoughts and words will replace the negative self-talk you’ve had for so long. And when that happens, you’ll begin to enjoy wealth in a way you never thought possible.
Affirmations work because they replace the ideas and beliefs that you’ve held for years by replacing them with new statements, that define you in every aspect of your life. That is why it’s so important to use …