08 Mar 5 Top Tips to Invest in Yourself To Achieve Your Potential
If your goal is to climb Mount Kilimanjaro or run the London Marathon, you know you need to put in many hours of preparation. Exercise, eating the right food, proper sleep as well as working on your positive mindset are all vital.
|Whatever your goal, you need to be prepared and build up good habits to maintain your progress. You need to invest in yourself!
5 Top Tips for Investing in Yourself:
Start Your Day Early
Little is achieved by lying in bed with the snooze button on! Early rising gives you time to assess your tasks and be prepared for your work andpersonal goals. Leaders and entrepreneurs such Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz,, Disney CEO Bob Iger, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Unilever’s CEO Paul Polman are all early risers according to Business Insider research and Jim Citrin for his research Leadership By Example.
Write Down Your Daily Goals
You know the importance of writing down your affirmations in planning yourgoals as these enable you to visualise your achievement and imprint the goals in your brain. By writing down daily tasks you are working positively and productively towards the bigger goals, breaking down this bigger goals or projects into manageable chunks – and it is always satisfying to know you have crossed off a task.
Don’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today! Write down your daily SMART goals and enjoy the sense of accomplishment as you work throughyour list.
When you eat takeaways or high fat/high sugar foods you know you often end up feeling lethargic. Food and drink are your fuel to energise yourbody. Remember to drink lots of water, eat your 5 fruit and vegetables a day and keep your sugar intake down to maintain mood balance and stem cravings.
Make time to exercise every day – if you haven’t time to go to the gym or join a fitness class, make time to swim with your family, go for a cycle ride or walk each day. With so many fitness DVDs available and gadgets like the Wii Fit, there are plenty of options to choose from. Exercising regularly maintainsyour body fitness, keeps your brain healthy, releases chemicals that make you feel good and enables you to live longer according to research.
Spend 30 Minutes Learning
Whatever your goal, the better prepared you are, the more likely you are to succeed. You can invest in yourself and your success by doing research around the subject of your goal – read relevant books or articles, learn about the project or activity and perhaps become an expert! If you feel knowledgeable, improve your skills and experience this will empower and motivate you. Learning is an essential investment to help you become the best person you can be.
Research reported in Robert Emmons’s book found that people who wrote their positive thoughts in a Gratitude Journal each day were more satisfied with life and healthier. Give yourself time each day to appreciate the great things in your life and write them in a journal as a record. Spend five or ten minutes meditating at bedtime to clear your mind of the stresses of the day to ensure a peaceful night’s sleep.
By investing in yourself through preparation and living as healthily as you can, you give yourself the best chance to achieve personal success.