Words by Hayley
There is little more satisfying than checking things off of your to-do list. Don’t you agree? We mean, sometimes we even write things on our checklists that we’ve already done, just to be able to scratch through them. Oh, just us?
It turns out that experts agree that these small wins actually go a very long way in terms of our long-term well-being. So why not make them happen more often? So for the next 7 days, we’re going to make it a point to give ourselves a little win each and every day. Ready to tackle the challenge with us? Amazing! Let’s get winning.
#1 No matter what you put on your list, do the thing you’re least likely to do first. It’s probably something you don’t really want to do, so we can bet you’re going to end up procrastinating. Instead of putting it off until day 7, tackle it on day 1.
#2 Turn your kindness inwards. Just last week, we preached about the importance of kindness toward others, but it’s just as important to be kind to yourself, most particularly your body. Remember to give your body what it needs, whether that’s drinking 8 glasses of water one day or making time to head to the studio for a ride.
#3 Follow through on a promise. We’re all guilty of throwing around empty ideas and suggestions like “We should totally grab dinner soon!” or “I’ll give you a call later this week!” Now is the time to follow through and make good on whatever you’ve said. Text that friend to see when they’re free or swing by the library to pick up that ‘one book a month’ you said you’d read.
#4 Banish the clutter. It may sound crazy, but clutter actually contributes to elevated stress levels. Create inner peace by creating outer peace. Pare down your email inbox to zero or rearrange your fridge. Whatever it takes to achieve that sense of calm!
#5 Put one foot in front of the other. Achieving big goals starts with taking small steps, so whatever lofty dream goal you have is achievable as long as you take that first step. Book yourself into your very first yoga class or find a mentor at work who can help you move up the career ladder.
#6 Accept and learn from your mistakes: Winning isn’t about always being right or doing the right thing. In fact, setbacks are incredibly important for getting where we want to be in life. Accept what’s gone wrong and learn from it. You’ll be better for it.
#7 Be proud! When you’re winning, whether big or small, it’s important to acknowledge your successes and celebrate them. Whether it’s a project at work, your relationship or some other personal goal, you should be thrilled with every step you take in the right direction and how far you’ve come. So you know what to do: be proud!!