Welcome to the week two review of Mindset For Success.
Notes to myself from this week:
Rest. Turn off your mind, get some sleep, and let loose. Give your brain time to catch up and recover from the stress of the week. If not the whole weekend, at least take one day as a mini vacation from thinking about your to-do list. This will make you so much more productive, creative and less likely to burn out.
This week's messages:
"I hope you enjoyed some rest this weekend. Getting stronger is about hard work and deep rest. We must remember both. Now you are ready for Week 2 of YOU!"
Rest is something I would really love to have more of in my life. By rest, I mean sleep. There's just so much I want to do day to day. I know it comes down to me managing my time better. If I really want eight hours of sleep then I need to commit to being in bed by 9:30 so I can sleep from 10-6.
I know for me, sleep has a huge impact on my mindset. It takes energy to be grateful, focused, motivated, happy and all those things that contribute to a successful day. And something else I'm trying to get away from is trying to catch up on my sleep on the weekends. I do love sleeping in sometimes, but the body loves routines. Try waking up at the same time for a week or two, get seven to nine hours of sleep, and see if you don't feel better.
"Fun without a Purpose is your exercise for week 2. Let the innocence of being a kid creep into you and have some fun."
I don't know how many times I've thought to myself, man, to be a kid again. Well, not as much these days, but there was a time not so long ago when my job just seemed to drain every bit of life from me. So many days, I'd just want to escape to being a kid again. As a kid, times were usually more fun. I was easily entertained, but most importantly, I had little idea of what stress was, at least compared to how I know it as an adult.
I mean, it's not like I can't have fun. I just have to remind myself that it's ok to enjoy myself, relax, laugh and not care so much about what other people think. I don't know, maybe I'm weird like that.
What I do know is that I don't get overwhelmed and stressed out nearly as much when I take time to be a kid again.
"Take an extra breath today as you get started. Stand tall, breathe in and go for it."
So I heard someone say once that when we get scared, stressed, or even when we focus on bad thoughts, we take shorter breaths. That shallow breathing can increase cortisol (the stress hormone) and cause all kinds of bad chain reactions. I won't continue on like I know all the science behind it. What I will say, though, is that it feels good to take a deep breath or two, especially when I'm starting to get upset or anxious.
Try something for me. Next time you notice yourself getting angry, nervous, or otherwise unhappy, put your hands on your hips, stick your chest out, lift up your chin, breathe deep and smile. Strike that Superman pose or ladies, Wonder Woman if you prefer. Picture the best possible outcome. See yourself succeeding or making someone proud. Think of something you're grateful for.
Try that and see if you don't feel just a little bit better.
"Mental focus on the task at hand is the key to success."
Focus on the task at hand and the outcome you want. Write it down in the morning. See yourself crossing off the checklist or high-fiving your friends. Think about how good that will feel. Then go back to that vision and feeling throughout the day. Because there will be bumps in the road. Distractions will come. But when you can go back to your vision and refocus on what you're after, nothing will stand in your way for long.
"Open, relax, and engage."
Ready. Aim. Fire. Open your heart and your mind to the results you want. Calm your fears by picturing yourself succeeding. Now take that vision and calm focus and take action. Go after what you want with all your heart.
Make up your mind that you want to succeed, that you deserve to succeed and you will succeed.
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