“Happiness comes from spiritual wealth, not material wealth… Happiness comes from giving, not getting.”
– John Templeton
Change One Thing
Want to know the secret to making lasting changes in your life? Here it is: Change just one small thing at a time.
Says Leo Babauta of Zen Habits, if you focus on small changes that are easy to do, they’ll lead to big progress. Here’s the nutshell version of his life principle:
- Start very small.
- Do only one change at a time.
- Be present and enjoy the activity (don’t focus on results).
- Be grateful for every step you take.
Instead of making grand (and probably overwhelming) New Year’s resolutions this year, why not try changing one small thing? We’d love to hear about where it leads you.
Compete With Yourself
Competing against others can motivate you, but it can also create stress that hinders your performance. What if, instead, you were competing against yourself? That way, you make the rules of the game and have your own past performance to benchmark against.
Here are three steps to healthy self-competition, via Ness Labs:
- Set ambitious, exciting goals. Don’t limit goal-setting to the start of the year: set goals weekly and monthly (you can use Panda Planner) to stay on track.
- Define your values. Set your own metrics of success based on personal values.
- Embrace a growth mindset. See each failure as a learning experience.
Ready to compete with your past self?
Juliet Owen-Nuttall, Co-founder of The Non Invasive Method
Fertility expert, author and speaker Juliet Owen-Nuttall creeps out of bed while her daughter is still asleep. She then:
- Does a 15-min Joe Dispenza morning meditation.
- Does 15 mins of visualisation and checks in “on what might be lurking in her subconscious to trip her up.”
- Drinks celery juice and a fertility green smoothie.
- Does 20 mins of dance (KINRGY) full body workout to “shake out any trapped emotions and stress, and get into her body.”
- After her daughter wakes, they go for a walk in nature together with their dog.
Why it works:
- Meditation and visualization both have powerful benefits that can get your brain primed for a successful day.
- KINRGY is neuroscience-based and has been shown to boost mental health.
- Walking in nature has so many benefits beyond physical activity. Plus, time with loved ones and pets is also great!
Juliet says she gives “big cuddles” to her daughter when she wakes up, knowing she can give to her daughter because she gave to herself first. Do you use your routine for a little self-care so you can give your best to others?