Today is all about helping you to reach the goals (or resolutions) you set on January 1st. To become successful, may not mean adding more things to your life, it may mean you need to give some things.
1. Give Up On The Unhealthy Lifestyle
If you want to achieve anything in life, everything starts here. First, you should take care of your health, and there are only three things you need to keep in mind:
- Quality Sleep
- Healthy Diet
- Physical Activity
Small steps, but you will thank yourself one day.
2. Give Up On Playing Small
If you never try and take chances or allow your dreams to become realities, you will never unleash your true potential. As a result, the world will never benefit from what you could have achieved.
3. Give Up Your Excuses
Successful people are responsible for their life, no matter their starting point, weaknesses, and past failures. Realizing you are responsible for what happens in your life is both frightening and exciting. The truth is excuses limit and prevent us from growing personally and professionally.
4. Give Up The Fixed Mindset
Change your mindset – change your life! Successful people invest a lot of of time on a daily basis to develop a growth mindset, acquire new knowledge, learn new skills and change their perception so it can benefit their lives.
5. Give Up Believing In The “Magic Wand.”
There is no such thing as “overnight success”. Successful people make small consistent improvements every day which compound over time and give their desired results. Plan for the future, but focus on the day ahead of you, and improve just 1% every day.
6. Give Up Your Perfectionism
Nothing will ever be perfect, no matter how much you try. Fear of failure (or even fear of success) prevents you from taking action and putting your creation out there in the world. But a lot of opportunities will be lost if you wait for things to be right.
7. Give Up Multi-tasking
Successful people know this. They choose one thing and beat it into submission. No matter what it is — a business idea, a conversation, or a workout. Being fully present and committed to one task is indispensable.
8. Give Up On Saying YES To Things If They Don’t Support Your Goals
Successful people know in order to accomplish their goals, they will have to say NO to certain tasks, activities, and demands from their friends, family, and colleagues. It is a short-term sacrifice, but when you achieve your goals, it will all be worth it.
9. Give Up The Toxic People
The people you spend the most time with add up to who you become. If you spend time with those who refuse to take responsibility for their life, always find excuses and blame others for the situation they are in, your average will go down, and with it your opportunity to succeed.
However, if you spend time with people who are trying to increase their standard of living, and grow personally and professionally, your average will go up, and you will become more successful.
Take a look at around you, and see if you need to make any changes.
10. Give Up Your Need To Be Liked
Think of yourself as a market niche. There will be a lot of people who like the niche, and there will be individuals who don’t. And no matter what you do, you won’t be able to make everyone like you. This is completely natural, and there’s no need to justify yourself. The only thing you can do is to remain authentic, improve and provide value every day, and know that the growing number of “haters” means that you are doing remarkable things.
I’m not going to say it will be easy… some of these I struggle with every day BUT I am determined to reach my goals and MY definition success in 2018. What about you?
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!
Did you know….Perfectionism is mostly a women’s issue? I can’t say I am surprised. Think about it. How often have you hesitated to move forward worried about everything being just right?
We want our ducks all lined up in a row…
Let’s be honest, they seldom line up in just the right way or the way we think they should be. As a result we obsess over how we are doing at work, at home, in our relationships, with our weight, our hair, our kids. The end result is all of our JOY is gone. There is no time to relax because we are busy putting those ducks in a row. Which means there’s always more work to do to make things just right.
Do you wear perfectionism like a badge of honor? If you aren’t the one saying it, then I’m sure you know someone who has said it. When you (or someone you know) want to embrace the “I’m a perfectionist.” badge, consider this:
Perfectionism is self-sabotage. It’s fear.
For many of us, perfectionism means we are motivated by hard-working, high quality and conscientiousness BUT the truth is our real motivator is FEAR!
Do you also consider yourself a procrastinator? Do you claim to work better under pressure or you hesitate when trying to move forward? BINGO! Perfectionism is the reason why we procrastinate. WHY? We are trying to get all of those ducks in a row. We keep moving forward fearing whatever we’ve done, will never be good enough.
So what is the worse thing that could happen? Rejection. Disapproval. The disappointment of ‘failure.’ None of us like the thought of those words right?
What if you were to change the word “perfection” to “excellence”? There is really a HUGE difference between the two words. Excellence sets a high standard, but not so high it keeps you from moving forward. Perfectionism sets an improbable and often unobtainable standard which usually slows progress or brings it to a stop. Excellence is a value, a way of life. Perfectionism is a judgement from a critical spirit which rarely, if ever, is satisfied.
How do you know whether you are in a perfectionism or excellence mode? It is an energy which you feel. The energy of perfectionism is criticism, doubt, and discontentment. The energy of excellence is hope, possibility and growth. Excellence is about the journey to your destination – what you discover, how you grow, and who takes the journey with you.
Have you played the comparison game? I have been there, done it and gotten (multiple) t-shirts. So, if you’re comparing yourself to others, you’re operating in perfectionism. If you’re focused on being the best version of YOU, you’re operating in excellence.
You need to flip the switch when you feel the anxiety of perfectionism creeping in. Flip from perfectionism to excellence with these questions:
- What have I done well I can acknowledge and celebrate even if I feel like I’m “not ready yet” or “not done yet”?
- What good thing could happen if I decided what I’ve done already is enough and move on to the next step?
- What is my definition of “good enough”?
- What would happen if instead of fearing my efforts are not good enough, I had the courage to believe I am good enough right now, today?
- How could I have more fun while doing this?
- How do I want to grow as a result of this task?
I challenge you this weekend to pick excellence over perfection so you can make progress.
I have found the weekends are tougher for me then during the week to flip the switch. Crazy, right? During the week, we have a routine (work, kids, etc) but on the weekend there is less structure. Less structure usually means I am playing the woulda, shoulda, coulda game. What about you?
Take a few minutes today so you can identify at least one way perfectionism has you stuck. Flip the switch!
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!
How many of you are paralyzed by perfection? The perfect weight? The perfect size? The perfect business? The perfect house? Being the perfect mom? I have been there and some days still am….
Here is a post I saw which made me realize on most days despite my best efforts, I am “stuck” worrying about perfection….
I would tell you I wasn’t staring at him, but I’d be lying. He immediately caught my attention as he wheeled himself down the aisle. Stopping beside me, he said, “Hello.” I couldn’t take my eyes off of him.
He lifted himself up in his wheelchair. Unabashed, he balanced on his knees where his lower legs used to be. Unable to move, I watched him stretch, reaching for something on the store’s upper shelf.
What if he fell?
He wobbled as he grabbed his item, and then sat back down in his chair. Before I could offer to help, he’d completed his task. He nodded at me and continued his shopping.
I stood there immobilized by my thoughts. What empowered him to be so, whole?
His exterior shell broken, but inside—something beautifully different.
WOW! This made me realize just how crippled I am on a daily basis. I battle the inner gremlins of perfection which are often paired with the comparison game gremlins. Yes, they love to tag team me until I am left battered and bruised. On the outside, things look great because I have reached some milestones in my life….
- Almost 26 years clean from my drug addiction
- Lost 120 pounds
- CEO of my own business which pays my bills
- A loving husband and supportive family
Yes, I could go on but the gremlins are having a field day today. What about you, could you list some major milestones in your life? Do you focus on them or do you focus on your failed attempts at perfection?
Does your idea of perfection cripple you into believing everything you do has to be impeccable? Does your worth ride on your success? Think about the gentleman described above…. He elevated his viewpoint, lived outside the lines, and appeared content—all signs of living imperfectly. Definitely not someone who is handicapped, right?
Here are three ways to become unparalyzed by perfection:
#1 Straighten Up
Believe it or not, standing up straight and changing our body alignment, can make a difference. How often when we fail at perfectionism do we feel unworthy? As a result, we walk hunched over or eyes cast to the ground, not enjoying the world around us.
How long have you been bound by perfectionism? It’s time to straighten up! It is time to change your perspective. For some, it may be with positive mantras which will change your mindset while for others it may be seek their Higher Power to bless and release those fears.
#2 Live Outside the Lines
Now, you are standing up straight, it is time to do step out of your comfort zone—live outside the lines. I know this one can be tough especially when those gremlins are in the midst of a battle. It doesn’t have to be something HUGE, just something simple. How about:
~Driving with the windows down and let your hair get incredibly messy. Toss the hair tie which will keep your hair neat.
~Get a cake and take a spoonful right from the center. Go ahead, eat from the middle.
~Color outside the lines in a coloring book—make the tree trunk bright orange, the leaves purple, and paint the sky green instead of blue.
“You have to color outside the lines once in a while if you want to make it…” Albert Einstein
Just do something to push yourself outside the lines of perfection which keep you restrained.
#3 Love your life
Make a choice to love your life. Despite whatever challenges you may have, proclaim contentment. Remember the man I shared the story about, despite being a differently-abled person, he oozed contentment, even though he had every right to feel otherwise. You could tell he made a choice to love his life.
Perfection doesn’t validate us, it makes us invalid.
Will you challenge yourself in a new way? Will you claim to love your life so you are unconfined from the handicap of perfectionism? Share your story with us.
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!
Confident by definition is “feeling or showing self-assured; and feeling or showing certainty about something.” Have you ever felt your confidence slipping? Fear and doubt creeps in? Those nasty inner gremlins play with your emotions?
I have a choice – it is time to make a decision and take action. Time to stop wallowing in self-pity. Time to find the independent confident woman I was. Time to STOMP on those inner gremlins. Yes, there may be tears. Yes, there may be angry moments. But in the end, all will be well. God has a plan for me and I need to have faith.
I looked back at an article I read on the Direct Sales Education Foundation‘s website about “Finding Confidence“. Yes, I need to hit “RESET” periodically because those nasty gremlins find their way past the closed (or what I thought was sealed) doors.
Has “self confidence” been a struggle for you? I know I am always talking about it but I but I am often surprised by the people who share they lack confidence. On the outside they appear strong, capable of overcoming anything while on the inside they are fighting the same inner gremlins many of us do. Here are some of the tips which might help:
- Practice makes perfect. We have all heard this a million times growing up – from sports to school to musical instruments. As I got older, practicing seemed silly. I was a fan of winging it but have found when I do, my confidence is sometimes shaken. “My mission is to bring a smiles and paychecks to those who are struggling and love #ThirtyOneGifts as much as I do!” Something simple but definitely worth practicing. My party scripts are becoming a little bit more natural too since I have been practicing. Practice may not make me perfect but it will help to build confidence.
- Find a mentor. I have an amazing upline, Hope Shortt has been supportive and knows just when to challenge me. Find someone who you want to be like, ask them if you can shadow them. Find someone who you can trust and respect and build a relationship. I also am blessed to have Desiree Wolfe in my corner. Her kick in the butt is what I need sometimes.
- Find a partner. Find a close friend, family member or even your spouse who can share in your accomplishments and help to bolster your confidence.
- Dress for success. This is something else I have heard since my college days. Wear something which makes you feel good when you go to a presentation or a meeting. It should fit well and be put together with accessories and hair style. Someone asked me the other day if I had a makeover. I was THRILLED. No, not a formal one but I did in my head. How? Hair style instead of just hair hanging straight. Out of my jeans for meetings and into a pair of khakis (capris right now) with a nice shirt and jewelry. Makeup. I never leave the house without some. You never know who you will run into on the trip to the grocery store to grab a gallon of milk.