Time flies by; life has a way of getting in the way of plans, doesn’t it? (Speaking of which, if you don’t have time to read this post and want a workout, go here now and read my rules later ;))
Fact is, if we’re not careful, life, and all it’s interruptions will get in the way of goals and big dreams will never come true.
For me, this week I’ve had some fires to put out, nothing earth shaking, just things that need to be attended to – like a failing tile floor done by a shady business man and continuing to execute my Mom’s will and all the fun that goes into that (not).
Honestly, if it’s not these things, there will always be something in our way if we let it.
On top of life’s little interruptions, comes the ‘busy-ness’ of the day and if we don’t take care of ourselves then soon we’ll find that we’re falling apart health-wise.
Over the years, I’ve found that no matter what’s going on, taking care of myself helps me face stress or adversity as well as I can function more optimally.
(Now I must admit that I was inspired by one of my coaches and I ‘stole’ this idea -even though these are the things I do, I feel I should give him credit for the idea of sharing these tips.)
I hope these tips help you to be your best in life, your career and with your friends and family:
1) Eat right. – Yup, I practice what I preach. That means cutting out high fats, sugars, simple carbs, tons of caffeine. These things can cause memory fade, energy crashes, immune system suppression, and adrenal gland fatigue, just to name a few of the things that will slow you down, make you sick, and keep you from thinking and operating at peak levels. You get out of life what you put in and that statement is most true with your diet and nutrition as it relates to your health, well being and performance.
2) Sleep. This means going to bed at the same time every day and waking up at the same time. You probably need more sleep that you think. This is the least sexy tip, but proper sleep will keep you functioning and feeling at your best and it will even help you stay lean.
3) Train. Are you getting in your workout? If you don’t use it, you lose it. Be consistent with your workouts and get your sweat on 3-4 times a week.
4) Own your weekends. Weekends are when you’re most likely to fall off the wagon with your eating, training and sleeping which makes for a Monday where you’re sick, foggy headed, late to work, late to life, calling in sick, working slow, and being “off”. The best thing you can do for yourself is to own your weekends and keep your weekday health and well being rituals up so that you can enjoy your weekends more and have a better week.
5) Control your head space and the thoughts and people who you allow to influence you. This is one that I overlooked for a long time. When I figured it out and fixed this, I saw an immediate shift in my happiness, productivity, performance and output. Distance yourself from people and things that are negative, downers, damaging, and down right bad for you. I know that you know who these things and people are in your life that are holding you back and causing you stress, anxiety, and depression. You’re the CEO of your own life, so feel free to fire and replace anyone who is not a good fit in your life.
These five things have been huge game changers for me personally. I know that they’ll help you too if you take action on them.
Looking for a workout? There’s an all new workout on the blog for you here. This is a bodyweight ‘ripper’ as my good friend, Lisa B from down under would say (and she’s in some of the pics).
Take a look, do the workout and let me know how it goes.
And be sure to think about the things that keep YOU at your best and make sure to apply your own rules to optimize your own life 😉
By the way, I’d love to hear about YOUR rules YOU use to optimize YOUR life, feel free to share in the comment section.