We can all fall prey to being too busy. Often so overwhelmed that all we think about is how to get through the day or the afternoon. It’s had to make yourself a priority when you juggle so many different stressful situations at all times. There never seems to be enough time for …anything – let alone you.
But in the midst of tackling our to-do lists, we have to start being intentional about creating the life we want to live – not just constantly rearranging the hand that we were dealt. In order to do that, we have to start with taking better care of ourselves and our goals. Here are 3 tips for making yourself a top priority.
being a priority includes being healthy
You hear it all the time but it’s true, what we put into our body is what we get out of it. We often equate being healthy to exercising more and eating a balanced diet. However, the truth is that a healthy lifestyle is more about mindset than it is about anything else.
For example, it’s easy to blame lack of energy on why you don’t exercise. But the truth is that regular exercise produces more energy. Or you may have convinced yourself that you don’t have the willpower to change your eating habits. But really, the moment you succumbed to the idea that you have no control, you handed over your personal power and resolve to food and cravings.
Change starts with choice.
We’re often so obsessed with a quick fix or an easy choice, we negate the benefits of doing the work. When you do the work, when you put in the effort, and when you make yourself a priority, you fortify your mindset. You start to equip yourself to withstand temptation – which is important to take back your power. Each time you make the right food choice, don’t give into your cravings, or get off the couch and complete your daily workout, you are empowering yourself to be better, healthier – not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.
elevate your mindset
Your mind is a powerful tool. Negative emotions (fear, resentment, envy…etc.) breed negativity and the result starts to overwhelm your thoughts and actions. When you start to be intentional with your thoughts, your words, and your actions… you’ll start to change your life.
If you’re generally a negative person (something that you may not even realize), you are probably poking holes in your own dreams and goals. For example, let’s say you really want to buy house. Your income and credit are steady. You’ve saved up a solid down payment but you keep telling yourself that you won’t get approved. You say it so much that it becomes fact and you never even take the step of talking to a mortgage loan officer.
What started as a thought, began to control your words, which infiltrated your thoughts and held you hostage to a belief based on fear and negativity. This happens more often than most of us realize. It’s sometimes masked in ‘realism’.
The truth is we often hold ourselves back because it’s easier to say that it wouldn’t have worked than to get up the guts to try.
If you find that you’re constantly in the company of pessimism and negativity – even if it’s in your own head – it’s time to create a positive atmosphere and environment for yourself.
- Change your circle of friends.
- Stop consuming media or news infused with pessimism and fear.
- Start attending events where the speakers are where you want to be in life.
- Self-correct when your thoughts or actions are aligning with the woman that you’re striving to become.
be conscious of self… not self-conscious
We suffer from overexposure. Leave it to our devices to provide a constant stream of updates, obnoxiously taunting us with how everyone else is doing so much better than we are. It can lead to feelings of insignificance and self-consciousness. And with this exposure can come comparison. We’re hyper-conscious of what others will think about our ideas, talents, goals, and choices.
What we think other people think of us is sometimes more powerful than fear. It can literally stop us in our tracks and keep us from pursuing something our dreams. We have to always remember that we only have one lifetime. One. The time we’re given is like a bank account that doesn’t take deposits. Once the balance is drained – it’s gone.
When you give perspective to this reality, you will start to become more conscious of who you are.
You’ll want to empower yourself to fulfill your dreams and create a life that you truly love. Your life and what you accomplish or the choices you make are selfishly your own. Stop handing over your checkbook to others that have no idea who you’re truly meant to be. And likely don’t even know who they are.The time we're given is like a bank account that doesn't take deposits. Once the balance is drained - it's gone. Click To Tweet Stop handing over your checkbook to others that have no idea who you're truly meant to be and likely don't even know who they are. Click To Tweet