Making the time work for you. To be prepared, you must prepare. You hear it all the time: your friend or inspiration announces on a Sunday night on Facebook that she’s prepping her weekly meals and you think, “pssshhhh, if I only have the time.” Well, you do. Those other people are “making the time.” They have figured out HOW to make health and themselves a priority.
This may be a hard pill to swallow, but have you figured out yet that the source of your unhappiness centers not on everyone and everything you’re caring for, but instead…you. Three years ago, I was lying on the floor of my apartment listening to Sarah Mclaughlin. I was looking at pictures from New Year’s Eve and I just fell apart. I laid back on the ground and began sobbing.
After 5 minutes of balling my eyes out, I got up and went into the bathroom, leaned over the sink and into the mirror and saw and realized two things: I didn’t know whose sad, green eyes I was looking into and that after that moment of me vs. me, I realized: I have a Choice. It dawned on me so hard I just stood there looking into my eyes until they opened wide, I stood up tall and was just shell shocked. I said it again to myself, “I have a choice…” And then I thought of my past and my future and what I wanted for myself in my life and thought, “I always have had a choice and I always will.” The choice was mine for the past 2 years I let my body and self go. I didn’t know who I was anymore and that was the result of me letting go and that was a choice. Everything we do is a choice and every choice has an action and every action has a reaction and over time it builds up. It doesn’t happen over night but it happens, slowly and then one day you realize what you have created from your choices. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes bad…
8 Tips For Health and Happiness
So let’s get down to business here in this final section. If you want to be happy, healthy and love what you’re doing and giving to the world, then you must choose to do so.
Tip #1 – Listen To Your Heart
“Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.” – Andre Gide
Listen to your needs, your desires, to what your heart is telling you. If you are out of balance, if you feel something isn’t right, if you know you are not giving yourself enough, if you know you want to lead a healthy life but don’t know why you haven’t started or can’t stick to it, this is your heart telling you you’re not going down the path it honestly wants.
So what do you do, how do you answer these feelings and questions…you start. Listen, then act.
Tip #2 – Find Your Purpose
Write down what you want for yourself. Whatever it is, write it down.
Tip #3 – Outline The Path To Your Success
Write down the steps it will take, even if it requires a day by day analysis, to get to each desire you have. You can also call these goals. Don’t finish writing until you have thought about them all. You may even add an additional desire after thinking about it more.
Tip #4 – Prepare Like You Mean It
This is yours. You are in this game. Prepare yourself in the way you know YOU need to so that you can take that first step.
Maybe it’s planning your meals so that you can be on point with a healthy diet. Then tell your family, or write down on your Sunday to do list, that you will be prepping your meals from 4-5pm and need to do your shopping at 2pm to hit this deadline. Tell them all, and tell yourself you will do it. It’s a date.
Tip #5 – Re-ignite Your Motivation Daily
Bring energy into the game and do what you have to do to keep that energy burning high. Never stop finding ways to keep your training and diet motivation at the ceiling. Remember your purpose, why are you doing this and what is it in turn doing for you….
Tip #6 – Balance Is Everything
Remember that if all of your energy is going away from you and nothing is coming back, you will not be happy. Balance is everything in life. Yin/Yang, Sun/Moon, Positive/Negative, Light/Dark… Without one, there cannot be another. If you are always giving and not giving back to yourself, there is and always will be something missing.
Seek Balance and you will find balance.
Tip #7 – Remember That You Are Important
Your happiness is important. You are important. Yes, you are. Remember to cut yourself slack. You don’t need anyone else to tell you that it’s ok to put yourself first…because it just is. It’s that way because it’s what you have to do to be happy. This is more important than anything else, now and forever.
Let’s twist this in favor of others and take the burden off you. If you are unhappy, you will be less likely to joyfully do other things for people. If you are happy, then you will have more heart, soul and energy to give to other things and people.
Tip #8 – Put Yourself First
Stop living for other things and other people. Live for You. Don’t ever forget the power, strengthand passion you have. Sometimes it’ll be buried by all the fog of the day to day, but don’t ever stop unburying or moving towards the path you know you must travel.
By: Ashley Johns