A couple of weeks ago, I discovered the website MindBodyGreen and was hooked. The site offers a “guide to wellness” focusing on health, fitness, happiness, and relationships. Be sure to check it out! You can even add your email address to be signed up for their free inspirational newsletter. There are plenty of great ideas there to get you started on living your best life!
I’ll admit it; I’ve been in a rut lately. I haven’t been working out, eating right, reading, or catching up with people as much as I’d like to. My new job (and essentially lifestyle change) has definitely kept me busy with new activities and travel, but I found myself getting worn down and actually sick due to neglecting my body and inner peace.
I decided to take action and made a list of things that I wanted to accomplish this month. I tried to include goals for different aspects of my life (ex. family & friends, diet, exercise, mind). It included running at least one 6-mile run (which used to be a piece of cake for me last year, but now I struggle to even run 4 miles), run one 3-mile run in under 24 minutes (again, this used to be easy…), eliminate airplane food (other than salads and fruits) from my diet, eliminate fast food and reduce carbs and sugar intake, reunite in person with one old friend, read two new books, write two new blog posts (this is my third this month!), visit my dad and grandma (about a 4-hour drive north), and have a “ladies’ night” with my roommates. Well, the month is just about halfway through and I have accomplished almost every single goal! I just need to complete that 3-mile run in under 24 minutes and continue to eat healthy. While I am sure that I would have been able to motivate myself to do these things otherwise, I think that having a checklist definitely helped me to stay on top of them and remind me of what I would like to be doing.
Writing out your goals serves as a constant reminder for yourself and is a great method of organization and time-management. It can also boost your self-confidence as you check items off of your list. By following through with your goals, you may find yourself getting into better shape, losing weight, improving your health, stimulating your mind, saving money, or increasing overall fulfillment by spending quality time with people you love or doing activities that you enjoy.
Have you found that making lists helps you to accomplish your goals? I challenge you to formulate a checklist for the remainder of the month with just some simple goals that you’d like to accomplish. Try to keep them simple and within reach. I also made a list of things that I’d like to do before the end of the year. Try it out!
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I want you to take a few moments to think about your answers to these questions:
- What are my goals?
- If I could do one thing for the rest of my life, what would it be?
- What would I do, even if I didn’t get paid to do it?
- What do I daydream about doing?
- What is something that I’ve always wanted to try out?
Now that you’ve answered those questions, try to come up with a plan for tackling a few of your goals. Find your calendar and add in specific times for working toward them. Research more information on your goals and how to best achieve them. Ask friends and family for support. Give yourself a timeline for completing them.
By completing this exercise, you might discover a new hobby or even a new career path. You might be able to cross something off of your bucket list. Either way, it’s a great step toward living your best life!