11 things to start doing…

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  1. Take better care of yourself. –  It’s up to you to make sure your inner light shines bright. It’s your duty and yours alone to decide what makes you happy and what your definition of success is and GO FOR IT!  Taking care of yourself does not mean being selfish and narcissistic, or disregarding others.  Rather, it means welcoming yourself as the most honored guest in your own heart and mind – a guest worthy of extra care and respect.  Whatever you are doing, love yourself for doing it.  Whatever you are feeling, love yourself for feeling it.  
  2. Get lost and enjoy it. –Take the leap of faith. Follow your heart – don’t be afraid of what you want. There is greatness in you just waiting to be revealed and shared with the world. 
  3. Indulge in your passions and hobbies. – Fall in love, not always with a person, but with an aim, an ambition, a passion.  If you lost everything but your mind, heart and health, what would be your reason to wake up every morning with a smile?  There’s definitely a fire burning inside you.  It’s your job to find it and fan the flames! Don’t let growing older become an excuse to not enjoy your hobbies and simple indulgences. 
  4. Spread joy. – BE the change you wish to see in the world.  No act of love or kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted or a waste of time.  Smile, and help others smile back. Focus on helping one person at a time, and always start with the person closest to you.
  5. Listen to others without judgment. – Ease up on others and yourself. When you meet people or talk to them for the first time, do it from a place of understanding.Wisdom is not just knowing when to stand up and speak, but when to sit down and listen.  It’s about knowing that your ears will never get you in trouble, and will always give you a chance to learn something new if you allow them to. 
  6. Surrounding yourself with quality people in-person, in the flesh whenever possible is NECESSARY. –  Although it’s nice that technology is making the world smaller and making remote relationships easier to manage, nothing can replace the connections you form when making time to go to conferences, events and just adventures together.  
  7. It’s OK to enjoy peaceful downtime. –  Schedule time every day to not be busy.  At least twice a day, remove yourself from the sources of stress that refuse to withdraw from you.  Don’t fool yourself; you’re not so busy that you can’t afford a few minutes of sanity.
  8. Reading (or listening) to amazing books. – Why not carry a book around for those inevitable gaps of wasteful waiting time – five minutes here and ten minutes there.  Bring that dead time back to life. As I’ve shared numerous times, I listen while driving and running. I’ve found that it’s what you learn when you don’t have to that determines what you are capable of when your back is against the wall.  
  9. Cooking real, wholesome food. – You are what you eat. don’t be fast, cheap and easy… for real – I run groups on clean(er) eating every month which will give you the tools to start taking control. They are free. What’s your excuse? 
  10. Cutting yourself enough slack to make mistakes. – The greatest mistake many of us make is living in constant fear that we will make one. Cut yourself some slack.  Shift your energy from protecting yourself from failure to squeezing more living out of your life. Fail forward and enjoying the trip… 
  11. Celebrating the small victories of each day. – Sure, not every day will be good, but there will always be something good about every day.  Notice these things and celebrate them.  Legit some days, the fact that I hit 10k steps is my victory or the fact that I didn’t eat those free Oreo cookies or pizza at work – I don’t care what it is, START GIVING YOURSELF SOME DAMN CREDIT! 

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