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How to Live a Healthy, Happy, More Fulfilling Life

happy healthy lifeWhether you want to look great in a bathing suit, stop feeling so tired/stressed/anxious all the time, or live a more prosperous, happy, balanced, healthy and more fulfilling life, here’s “the secret” of the world’s healthiest, happiest, most successful people:

They choose to take action while others sit back and watch.

If you really want something to change in your life, just start. Not next week. Not tomorrow

Right freakinnow.

Because those tiny, seemingly insignificant steps every day will compound into great accomplishments over time.

For years I thought I had to wait until I was “ready.” To start working out … eat better … finally launch the business I dreamed about.

Then I said, “Screw it, I’m just gonna start.”

My life has changed in ways I couldn’t even imagine as a result.

Yours will too, if you stop waiting/wishing/hoping and just start.

Change is inevitable … so embrace it

Most people accept their fate and blame circumstance for their misfortunes. They live a life of fear disguised as comfort. They play it safe and never question the status quo.

Others make the time. They spend hours at the gym, in the yoga studio, on the trail, in the kitchen. They pay more for foods that are better for them because they know it’s an investment in themselves.

They create the life they want.

Look, we all feel “stuck” sometimes. When this happens, how often do we hold ourselves back by blaming our willpower, genes, lack of time, etc.?

I’m here to tell you I’m walking proof that all the adversity you will go through in life only makes you stronger and better prepared for this moment.

You have to get out of your comfort zone and take those first couple steps though.

They’re the hardest but also the most important.

Your life is a blank canvas

Study after study proves that your mindset can have a dramatic impact on whether or not you accomplish your goals in life.

Growth vs. fixed mindset

If you’re struggling with something, do these five things and I guarantee things will get better for you:

Step 1: Take a baby step

Take things one step at a time. If you’re trying to lose weight, for example, start with just a couple minutes of exercise every day. Small steps are what lead to big successes. Here are some small things you can do today:

  • Cook a healthy breakfast.
  • Do yoga for at least 10 minutes.
  • Take a 5-minute stretching or walking break every hour.
  • Read one inspirational article today.
  • Record what you eat in your food diary.
  • Look for healthy recipe for dinner.

Step 2: Write it down

If you don’t already have a journal or planner, drop what you’re doing and go get one. They’re that important. Use it to capture your thoughts, plan your day, and track your goals. Here’s what I do every day, as an example:

  • At the start of every day I write a positive quote at the top of my daily planner (today’s quote is “Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it”).
  • Next, I write down everything I plan to do over the course of the day to accomplish my goals (for example, “Write new blog post, network with 3 people, lift weights for 45 minutes, find recipe for healthy dinner”).
  • Then, I evaluate what I accomplished at the end of each day in these four categories:
    • Mental: What did I learn today? How did I challenge my mind? What did you read, write, or listen to that expanded your mental capacity and got you closer to your goals today?
    • Emotional: Who did I choose to spend my time with and what did I do? Did I take time to mindfully engage in happy, positive experiences with friends and family?
    • Physical: Did I exercise and eat healthy today and take care of my body? How so?
    • Spiritual: Did I take time to breath, give thanks, and stop to connect with the world around me?

This strategy will help you manage your time better and increase your self-confidence and healthy habits over time.

Step 3: Get support

Friends and family can help encourage you, increase your accountability, and help you cope with setbacks. That’s why social support is so crucial to overcoming any obstacle in your life. Find a friend or family member who lives a healthy lifestyle, and have the courage to ask for their help. You’ll be happy you did.

Step 4: Visualize your results

Visualization is a powerful tool that can drastically enhance your level of self-efficacy. In the book The Social Animal, author David Brooks says your subconscious mind processes up to 200,000 times more information than your conscious mind. Spend 5 minutes each day visualizing both the journey and the end result you seek. Forming a mental picture of yourself taking the steps required to reach your goal creates a lasting image in your brain that your subconscious will bring to reality.

Step 5: Do things that make you laugh and smile every day

Create experiences every day that make you happy. Spend time with people you love. Keep an uplifting book by your bedside for words of encouragement before you go to sleep or when you first wake up. Take a walk outside with your significant other. Experiences are infinitely more valuable than things.

Dream big but start small. Focus on your mindset first and you will open doors to anything and everything you want to accomplish in life.