Fear: a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid. Dictionary.com
Fear is a vital and important emotion, to alert us of danger and threat to our lives. Unfortunately, some fears are also learned and some are imagined. Past experiences, negative associations, and anticipated threats can all cause fear. That fear can stop us in our tracks. It can cause us not to move forward, or even to revert.
The key is deciphering what is a true threat and what is only a potential threat or a non-threat. In many cases we have the choice to take action, and to step up and do something that might seem scary. The awesome thing about this is, the more you look your fears and the face and take action on them, the less power they have over your future emotions and actions.
Sometimes fear causes us to believe we can't do something. All too often we look at the big picture of something we would like to accomplish or achieve, and we fear that it will be do difficult, too much work, or even impossible. When all we really need to do is break it down into several tiny steps, and just take one step to get started. Getting started can sometimes be the hardest part. One step leads to two, and snowballs us into successful action.
Eleanor Roosevelt said it best. "You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along. You must do the thing you think you cannot do."
Have you ever tracked your time over the course of a few days or a week? This is a great exercise to complete once a month or once a quarter.
If you've never done this before, you will be surprised how much time you spend on things that really aren't important, productive, or meaningful. The hard truth is that, the things we spend our time on are our priorities. The other hard truth is that when we say we are too busy for something, what we're really saying is that, it's just not a priority.
I encourage you to make a list of the top 5-10 things that are important to you in life, and the top 5-10 things that you want to accomplish or see. These are your priorities.
If you can make a conscious effort throughout your days and weeks to spend most of your time on these things, life will start to feel more meaningful and fulfilling. It's when we align our time with what's important to us that we truly feel rich. Wealthy in happiness... the best kind of rich there is!
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Believing in yourself is half the battle.
Taking consistent action towards your goal is the other half.
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Here’s a question for you….What type of day would you prefer:
If you would like to set yourself up to have a Day A) instead of a Day B)…check out the 10 tips below!
1) Plan your food and start prepping it before your week begins (Saturday or Sunday). Write it down and try to stick to it.
2) Plan to be active for 15-60 minutes, 6 days per week, and schedule this time in your weekly calendar. This will keep your muscles and joints moving, blood flowing, metabolism regulated, and prevent illnesses, diseases, tightnesses, and aches.
3) Spend some time in the morning in gratitude or reading/listening to things that are positive and uplifting. Start your day with a motivated/positive mindset.
4) Each morning give yourself more than enough time to get everything done that you need to before you leave your house or before you start working....including eating a healthy breakfast. **Shocker -- This may require that you get up a little earlier than usual** :)
5) Drink water throughout the day - add lemon or lime for flavor.
6) Don’t sit for more than 1-2 hours at a time… get up and move around and stretch out.
7) Spend time with or talking to people who are positive, bring the best out of you, and treat you well. Spending a lot of time all by yourself or around negative people can be depressing, and bring you down.
8) When you are working, whether at work or home, stay focused on the task at hand. As much as possible stick to one thing at a time and block out other distractions. This will cause less work and stress in the long run.
9) Plan time in your week to do some things that are enjoyable, yet healthy. If you are always focused on work and/or on other people, and not taking time for yourself, you will get burned out.
10) Before you go to bed at night think about your successes of the day and tasks for the next day, and get your clothes and food ready.
If doing all 10 of these things seems overwhelming and impossible to you… then start with one or two things that you know you could achieve. This process is about helping you to live a happy, healthy, and fulfilled life. The things that you focus on are the things that will progress, grow, and bring results! Be good to yourself and you will be even better at taking care of others.