Updated: Oct 20, 2020
Food for Thought – Blog #4 – Kelsey McGillis – Oct 03 2020
Every accomplishment begins with the decision to try. To try, you need to know what direction you want to head down. Find out where you want to go and set a goal. A goal with out a plan is just a dream. A dream becomes a goal when action is taken. Goals are like a road map. Without a map, every road looks promising. With a map, the right road becomes obvious. When heading in a particular direction, you might head down a road, get detoured but that map is always leading you to where your heart wants to go. To succeed at your goals, you need to follow your values in life. Values are like fingerprints, no one is the same, but you leave them all over everything you do. Your values guide your daily rituals. Daily rituals are steps taken to help you achieve success. Little daily wins are the secret to big success. Create a daily routine, embrace it, and follow through.
My Daily Rituals Include
· Up Early – Purpose/Goals
Getting enough sleep every day is important so my mind is clear. I choose to go to bed early and get up early. If I do not get enough sleep, it is a domino effect and it effects my purpose and goals in life. If I am tired, I will not follow through on my rituals. Getting enough sleep sets me up for success so I can follow through.
· Nourishment – Eating Clean
Having real whole food in the fridge, healthy food prepared and a meal plan in place is a must for me. I need to eat small meals through out the day and have healthy food prepared and ready to go. If I am not eating small meals through the day, I will be so hungry and just want to eat what ever is in sight. If I do not have a meal plan, I will grab what ever I can and usually it is not a healthy choice.
· Exercise – Physical & Mental Health
Get active. Spend quality time with friends and walking outdoors Is my favorite thing to do. You do not have to run a marathon but having the sun on your face and the blood flowing in your body is a great feeling.
· Breath – Discipline/Will Power
Will power and discipline is not easy, but it does come with practice and time. At first, this did not come easy to me. I had to practice every day to resist cravings and still do. Do something today that your future self will thank you for. I find alternative solutions for when cravings are controlling me. I drink water, go for a walk, get out of the house, or call a friend. Just breath and you will accomplish great things.
· Knowledge – Your Mind. Always Learning
I love learning about everything and anything. I read books or watch documentaries that interest me. The more I can learn the more creative my mind becomes.
· Self Reflections – Progress not Perfection
I am an introvert extrovert. I find solitude is important to get to know my self. Reflecting on what I have done, what I am doing and where I am going. Reflect to learn from the past, to live in the moment and make future goals.
· Mantras – Words Have Power
Love your self. Respect and integrity. Standing up for what you believe. Words have power, no negative self shame talk. Talk to your self like you do your loved ones. What you tell yourself is what you believe.
· Peace – Appreciate Time
Time is precision. You will never get it back. Time is a non-renewable resource. Do not waste time. Give your time to yourself and to your loved ones. It is a valuable gift. To keep your time organized make lists to help you keep on track.
· Be Kind – Compassion/Empathy
Be kind to others. Set boundaries. Spend time with those that fill your heart. A little bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives the rose.
· Simplicity – Live in The Now
Live in the now. Declutter your life and live with simplicity. Live life experiences to the fullest. Find your motivation and your why. Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
Trust the process. Be grateful. Do not be to hard on your self. Work hard but know it is about progress and not perfection. Make good decisions but take risk to follow your heart. Do not wait until tomorrow but plan today. Appreciate and love yourself everyday. Heal your heart. Failure is not failure; it is lessons learned. Trust yourself and everything will be ok. Healthy living is important and having fun is too.