5 Tips to Set Yourself Up for Success
You are 100% responsible for your life.
If you aren’t completely happy or satisfied with your life right now in this current moment, just know that with a little guidance, loving action, and patience you, you can take your life and happiness to the next level.
Here are a few of my top tips on how to set yourself up for success, not only for the week to come but for life in general.
1. Live with intention.
Get in the habit of stating and writing your goals and intentions.
This seems pretty simple, and to be honest it is simple. The more intentional you can be for your life the more you are co-creating it, rather than just reacting to it.
Sunday’s are a great day to set aside 10-15 minutes to write your intention for the week ahead.
Here are some questions you can ask yourself…
- How do I want to feel?
- What are my highest priorities/most important things I want to focus on this week?
Note: These aren’t just to-do’s but rather experiences, things or actions that are of highest importance to you.
For example, this could include ‘me’ time, hiking, working on a passion project, music lessons, writing that book you always wanted to, sleep, etc.
I also find writing your intentions at the beginning of the day (or even the night before) is super valuable.
Ideally, you will want to get to the point where you set an intention for everything you do.
For instance, if you have a meeting with a potential client, you may set the intention to feel peaceful as a result of the meeting. This is more mastery level stuff but the more you can get used to setting an intention, the more you are living in the moment and playing an active role in living your life rather than just reacting to it.
2. Prioritize your time.
“Remember that if you don’t prioritize your life someone else will.”
– Greg McKeown
You are 100% responsible for your life and how you spend your time.
If you were to look at a snapshot of your day, week, month and year… how are you spending your time? Are you filling your days with to-do’s that don’t really matter? Or are you doing the things that are truly important to you?
The goal isn’t to cross off a million tasks from your to-do list at the end of the day, rather it’s about having the time and space to focus on what is truly important to you. Less but better.
Busyness isn’t a badge of success, rather it’s an excuse driven by fear.
Take time to slow down. If you have a million things on the go and ‘don’t have time’ for you, or to do any of the things that are really important to you, that’s a good sign that you need to take some time to do your inner work to release these stories and fears of being unworthy.
Here are a few tips for taking control of your time…
- If it’s not a hell yes, it’s a no. Start saying NO! When you say yes to something you are saying no to something else (often it’s yourself).
- Slow down! Remember, less but better.
- If you do not love it – delegate, eliminate, limit, or drop it altogether.
- Create space in your schedule for you. Even if it means making lunch or breakfast the night before, that’s a huge game changer. This frees up time for you in the morning to journal, meditate or incorporate a new loving habit.
3. Make Sleep a priority
According to experts sleep is one of the most under-utilized tools used to maximize health and performance. We all know how important sleep is, yet it typically sits pretty low on the priority list for most people.
Tips on how to maximize your sleep:
- Avoid stimulation and unplug from technology at least 1 hour before bed – no TV, computer, exercise, heavy meals, caffeine or cigarettes.
- Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day to establish a rhythm for your body.
- Create a bedtime self-care ritual. i.e. Take a hot bath or shower before bed to induce relaxation, read a book, or journal.
- Get outside in the morning to get some natural sunlight and even better, do some exercise while you are out there. This will help to establish a normal sleep-wake rhythm.
- Go to bed an extra 15-20 minutes earlier than you usually do. * Set a timer if you need a reminder to go to bed. This will allow you more time for your new morning routine. 😉
4. Create and implement a winning morning routine.
How you start your day, specifically the first hour (and if you really wanted to get down to it the first 22 minutes of your morning) can make all the difference in how your day unfolds.
What you think about… how you move… what you eat… are all vital to how you feel, which will have a direct impact on how the rest of your day goes.
Win your morning and you win your day.
And just know if you are a night hawk that’s totally cool too. It doesn’t matter when you wake up, what is really important is how you start your day (whenever that is).
Creating a winning morning routine requires effort and it doesn’t happen overnight (pun intended lol).
Here are a few of my favourite morning self-care rituals…
- Start the night before by going to bed earlier so that you can wake up at least 15-20 minutes earlier. I’m a morning person so I budget more time, but start small and add more as you go.
- Start by incorporating 5-10 minutes of one of the following into your morning: Meditation, journaling, visualization, yoga, and moving your body. Once you establish this as a habit you can build on it by adding more.
- Focus on what feels good. How you feel and think in the morning is so important. Eliminate or restrict anything that is negative. i.e. The news, emails, gossip, etc.
- Listen to a podcast, Ted Talk, YouTube video or audiobook. A few of my favourite’s… Louise Hay, Abraham Hicks, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, etc.
5. Have an attitude of gratitude
Get in the habit of saying 3-5 things you are grateful for before you go to bed and when you wake up in the morning.
Write it out, say it out loud or to yourself.
Remember you are 100% responsible for your life. It’s time to put in the effort. It’s time to take charge of your life. You got this!
P.S. I will share with you more in depth my morning and nightly rituals in the blogs to come because they are by far one of the most important tools for living a successful life, one of true inner happiness.
In the meantime, here is a snapshot of a typical morning…
Go to bed early!
Wake up at 5:30 am.
- 5-10 minutes Meditation
- 5-10 minutes Journaling – Gratitude journal (at least 3-5 things I am grateful for and looking forward to celebrating that day, the outcome I want for the day, how I want to feel, etc.)
- 5 minutes Visualizing – read affirmations and personal mission statement.
- 5 minutes of planning (very important). In my journal or day planner, I write out all my key high priority items for the day (usually I pick 2-3). This is where you want to spend most of your time and effort because these are the goals/activities that will help you achieve your dreams (yet we rarely actually spend time doing them).
- Optional: 30 min of Reading, Listening to a Podcast/Audiobook. I do this on my commute to work or while I am getting ready for work. This ranges depending on the day but the first ones I started with were Louise Hay, Abraham Hicks, Ted Talks, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Robin Sharma, Peta Kelly etc.
Note: I do not check my email, go on my phone or do any minor tasks until after I have done my morning ritual. I am VERY protective of my time and energy in the morning and it’s become scared to me.