Big goals are exciting to set, right? There’s that rush of optimism as you imagine the outcome, but then reality kicks in! How will you close the chasm between the start and finish lines? How will you push off procrastination…
It’s easy to get so wrapped up in your work, your goals and your obligations to other people that you neglect your own well-being. It can feel selfish or even self-indulgent to make time for yourself. You’re focused on achieving great things, so why waste time with yourself?
However, this is the wrong attitude to have. To achieve external success, you have to start within and learn how to focus on yourself.
Todd Herman is a high performance coach who has spent 20 years helping people achieve the levels of success we all dream about. From Olympic athletes to executives to online business owners, he knows how to get results.
BestSelf founder Allen Brouwer had the chance to sit down with Todd for an hour to discuss the lessons in Todd’s program that can make you more productive, harness your alter ego and help you be your best self.
It’s easy to let your time slip by. You get by doing just the minimum you need to keep your job and maintain your lifestyle, but at the end of each year, you look back and realize you haven’t accomplished much more than maintaining the status quo.
Even on a daily basis, you can have all sorts of grand plans about what you want to achieve and all the items you want to cross off your to-do list. But the end of the day comes, and you find that you’ve barely finished the first tasks on your list.
Getting sick is one of the biggest productivity killers out there. It’s one thing when you lack motivation the complete your goals — there are strategies you can use to overcome that. But the only thing you can do when you’re sick is to seek medical treatment and wait for your health and wellness to improve. In the process, you can potentially lose days of productive time that you can never get back.
As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. And that’s what we’re going to cover in this article: how to boost your health and wellness so that you keep from getting sick in the first place.
Each day in our lives is composed of thousands and thousands of tiny habits. We go through these habits automatically, without even thinking about most of them. And for the most part, this is an advantageous behavior. We don’t have enough brainpower to think about every single thing we do in our day. Habits free up mental energy for the tasks that do require intense thought, putting everything else on autopilot.
However, the greatest power of habits is also their greatest danger.
As an entrepreneur, setting goals is what you do. You set goals to grow your revenue by a certain percentage each quarter, goals to meet with a certain number of potential investors each week or goals to write a certain number of words per day.
But while you’re busy setting goals for your business, are you neglecting setting goals for yourself in the process?
In order to be your best self, you need to consider the many dimensions of wellness that contribute to holistic health. We often think of our “wellness” just in terms of physical health. If your body is healthy, then you’re well. But thinking in this way limits you from reaching your full potential as a person.
While your physical health is essential, wellness is about so much more. In fact, there are seven commonly accepted dimensions of wellness in the health community. Let’s explore each dimension and how you can improve on them.
Habits are our Achilles heel. No matter how hard we try and what external changes we make — houses, our sense of style, friendships and more — habits keep following us. It becomes especially difficult when we start allowing these habits to take over our lives.
Learning how to break bad habits should be as easy as following a formula. It should be as easy as identifying what we want to stop doing and simply to stop doing it. But that’s easier said than done, especially when life gets stressful.
Do you ever look at successful people and marvel at their intense levels of motivation? How do they manage to find the strength to continue with their goals day after day? How do they have the self-discipline?
It may feel like you could never achieve the same level of motivation as your heroes, but the reality is different. It isn’t that successful people are more motivated than you — they simply do a few things differently than most.
The right paper planner can mean the difference between you accomplishing your goals and remaining in the same place. The best planners give you a place to jot down your thoughts, goals and dreams, free of the distractions (and cables) that come with digital devices. Your paper planner can be the gateway to achieving things you never thought possible.
But how do you go about finding a new planner without getting overwhelmed?
Not a day goes by without there being another article on LinkedIn or one of the major business publications about time management activities. Many of these articles target an audience of managers who needs to figure out how to help their employees become better at personal time management.
However, what many of these articles miss is the importance of personal time management as the basis of all other time management pursuits.