Self-care is essential

Self-care is so much more than a warm bath or spa day (as nice as those are!).

Self-care is:

  • Rest
  • Organizing & prioritizing your schedule & responsibilities
  • Nutrition
  • Setting boundaries
  • Enrichment
  • Journaling
  • Expressing gratitude
  • Exercise & meditation
  • Building healthy relationships
  • Making time for what nourishes you

Setting a goal is a form of self-care that is unique for everyone. Your personalized goals should support your mental and physical health. Organizing a hectic schedule so you can incorporate goals & dedicated time for self-care is essential.

Please take care of yourself.

How do you make time for self-care?

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Setting unique goals

Sometimes it is difficult to set a goal that truly fits into your unique lifestyle and expections. When setting a goal it is essential to ensure the goal aligns with your personal desired outcome. Defining an area of your life you want to enhance or create more time for helps create an action plan that works for you and your pace.

Support from others can encourage success, but please remember your goal is unique to you even if a friend has the same type of goal, most likely your ‘why’ and process are different.

Your goals, and the reasons why you set those goals, are unique to you. You control your process, pace, and dedication toward your goal success. Please do not compare your goals, self-care needs, or process to anyone else. You are uniquely you and your process and accomplishments are part of your own self-discovery.

Goals should encourage growth and even challenge you, but start with what works for you and your current routine then evolve as time passes and after you begin to accomplish certain steps.

Celebrate every decision, every accomplishment, and your unique process as it develops.

What area/goal are you currently focused on?

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Try it Tuesday

It’s Tuesday!! The final day of my week-long goal-setting process. If you have not had the opportunity to read about the entire process please browse my last few blog posts for more details. If you have been following along – Congratulations!! It’s time to put action behind all of your research & discovery!

What is Try it Tuesday?

Try it Tuesday is the perfect day to try the to-do list you created. Put action behind your goal defining and research! Start turning your goal or new habit into reality by doing the steps.

Celebrate the week of work you have already put in and keep going! Add your to-do list to your daily routine!

Don’t get upset if you miss a day or something comes up, just pick up where you left off, just don’t quit!

This week-long process isn’t just for new goals, it can help keep you focused too:

  • Why not – confirm your goal instead of defining it, confirm why you are focused on this particular goal/habit
  • Tackle it – How is this goal or new habit transforming me? What outcome am I experiencing?
  • Focus on it – Are the tools and resources I’m using working for me? Do I need other tools or resources, what would make this more productive?
  • Successful Saturday and Sunday – Continue celebrating accomplishments, fitting in additional time for your goal or habit as time allows. Share successes with friends or track online or in a journal. Confirm your mindset toward your goals and accomplishments.
  • Make it – Keep creating a weekly list of what you need to accomplish your goals. Once that list is a comfortable routine, add to it. I suggest each weekend creating your weekly list to stay focused.
  • Try it – Stay focused on your to-do steps and incorporate new ones as you feel comfortable. Stay active toward your goal or habit! Remember, celebrate those successes!!!

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Make it Monday

It’s Make it Monday! If you haven’t had an opportunity to read my last few post please do so to read more about the week-long goal-setting process! If you have been following along you are ready for Make it Monday!!

What is Make it Monday?

Make it Monday is a great day to create a list of a few steps that will get you started on your goal-focus. I suggest a to-do list with about three steps, but no more than five to start. Example – If you are focused on your health (reducing stress, overall wellbeing, etc.) you may want to make a list that looks something like:

  • Walk each evening for 30 minutes.
  • Purchase healthy groceries & make lunches for work instead of eating out.
  • Make a smoothie for breakfast each morning instead of eating a processed breakfast bar.
  • Be more conscious of meals and snacks.
  • Cook healthier portioned meals at home at least 3 nights a week.

The steps you choose are ones that are simple to incorporate into your personal unique lifestyle. Please make these steps realistic for you and don’t make all the changes at once. Add in other steps once you are comfortable with these; once the to do list becomes a comfortable part of your routine.

I suggest keeping a weekly calendar or journal to record your steps and celebrate your accomplishments!

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Celebrate success Saturday & Sunday

If you haven’t had the opportunity to read about my weeklong process that started Wednesday please take some this weekend to read over (or mark your calendar to start the process on Wednesday)! If you have been following along please celebrate your success this weekend!

Celebrate successes on Saturday & Sunday – I encourage you to spend some weekend time celebrating successes on Saturday & Sunday!

Please review what you have already accomplished, confirm your mindset toward your goal, envision how your future will look with the goal or new habit in place, seek out at least one resource and get ready for Make it Monday!

I suggest keeping a weekly calendar or journal to record your steps and celebrate your accomplishments!

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Have a great weekend!

Focus on it Friday

It’s Friday! A perfect day to focus on your goal. If you haven’t had an opportunity to read about the first two days of the process please look over my last two blog posts.

What is Focus on it Friday?

Focus on it Friday – Focus on & research the tools and resources needed to accomplish your goal or start your new habit. Do you need to study or complete a certification to accomplish it? Or using a health focus as an example – you may plan to exchange a fast-food breakfast each morning for a smoothie so you’ll need to buy a blender or get yours out of storage. You may plan on incorporating more steps into each day and want new shoes or a step tracker. Maybe you want to join a gym or find a walking partner. Discover what you need to start your goal, but don’t overthink it, just research what you need to get started then adjust as needed as you grow and succeed. Keep the list short for now.

I have stretched the process over a week so hopefully, it is a bit easier to get started on a setting a new goal.

The entire process can be found here.

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Transform Thursday

Yesterday, I posted about Why Not Wednesday, please read all about it if you missed it yesterday. Today, we continue the goal defining & goal-setting process with Tackle it & Transform Thursday! This is part of a weeklong method to define, set a goal, & plan out your action steps.

What is Tackle it & Transform Thursday?
Hopefully you had a chance to explore some goals yesterday. Now ask – How will this goal or new habit transform me or my future? What is my expected outcome? Envision your goal or habit in motion (tackling it), how do you want it to transform you?

Example – If health & wellness is your main focus you may say something like – When I’m healthier I can train for that marathon my sister and I always wanted to run together. When I’m healthier I can spend more active time with my spouse, children, grandchildren, friends…When I’m healthier I can travel more and go hiking. When I’m healthier I can feel better and start another new goal or habit.

I have stretched the process over a week so hopefully it is a bit easier to get started on a setting a new goal.

Tomorrow is Focus on it Friday!

The entire process can be found here.

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Why Not Wednesday?

Reposting – Because I find this method helpful when I need to define & focus on a goal and at times when I need to get back on track! Questions? Please comment below or contact me.

If you are not sure what “Why Not Wednesday” means, you can read about it and the rest of the week here. It’s an exciting opportunity to start working toward a goal you want to accomplish!

After several conversations with friends and colleagues, one main topic is a desire for a better morning routine. So let’s focus on some details.

Why Not Wednesday is a perfect day to define what a perfect morning routine would look like. It might look something like one of these:

  • I want to read 10 pages of a book each morning and meditate for 15 minutes without interruption. Why – Because I have a long book list and have not been able to find time to finish a book in a long time and it brings me joy.
  • I want to meditate and do yoga before work each morning. Why? I feel stiff and tired most days & my stress level has been higher than normal. Meditation will help me decrease my stress and will help clear my mind. Yoga will help me relax and stretch my muscles. Once my stress is less & I am not as tired I can focus on more goals.
  • I want to wake up in time to make a healthy breakfast before I leave for work. Why? I don’t eat as healthy as I’d like once I leave my home. Eating at home (or preparing a meal to take with me) will be healthier, cheaper and provide a creative outlet since I love to cook!
  • I want to start walking in the mornings with my spouse. Why? We have talked about it for a long time, but never committed to actually doing it. I know we will enjoy the quiet time together and once we feel healthier we can focus on other exercise goals and maybe even train for our first marathon together!
  • I want to write 10 pages of the novel that I have put off for way too long. Why? It’s quiet in the morning and I could easily get up 30 minutes earlier and only write, no edits, just write every day. Once I finish my draft, I can edit and submit it to an agent!
  • I want to paint sunsets. Why? Painting has always relaxed me and being mindful of the evening’s beauty will help me unwind and even sleep better. Once I have a few paintings finished I might try to sell them at a local craft show!

See how each “I want” is followed up with a why? And how some of those lead to other goals. One goal might even inspire others!

Why Not is the first step (it’s that simple!). You don’t have to figure it all at once.

Have you defined a goal today? Congratulations! Share it below!

I encourage you to start tossing around ideas for Tackle it & Transform Thursday.

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How do you show up?

Sometimes the most difficult step toward a goal is the first one. One important reminder is to show up…just as you are. You don’t have to wait for stars to align, timing to be perfect, or for your goal to be perfectly planned out. And you certainly don’t need to let someone else set the standard or give you permission before you start. Show up…as you are & take the first few steps in your action plan.

Allow yourself to evolve at your pace. Adapt when you acknowledge self-growth. Your routine may change, your growth may be quick or slow, your starting steps may be catalysts for new goals…show up today, as you are & embrace your discovery.

Please, show up for your goals, yourself, career choice, relationships, education, self-care, health, happiness, journey, self-growth…during your self-discovery one main focus is to show up as you are & welcome the discovery & growth you are so very capable of!

What are you currently focused on & showing up for?

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Identifying your unique happiness

Your happiness is unique to you and so are the goals that encourage that happiness. Setting unique goals that put you closer to your positive future self without knowing every single outcome takes bravery. Be brave. Trust yourself. Make a commitment to your personal process and dedicate time to your goals and self-discovery.
Once committed, you will discover you are so much stronger than the limits you put upon yourself.
Identifying why a goal is important to you, the happiness it will bring, and the first few steps needed to get started will lead to your self-defined future. Identification of your happiness is a form of self-care and helps you create a goal-setting action plan unique to you.
Pause – Take a moment and think about actions in life that bring you the most joy.

Are your actions incorporated into your daily or weekly routine? What is keeping you from dedicating more time to those actions? How can you dedicate more time?

Set goals that challenge you and encourage you to define and identify your happiness.

Both professional and personal goals require commitment and dedicated time. Take a few moments to write out your typical daily and weekly schedule. Seeing your schedule in print will help you identify timeframes that work best for your unique situation and help you focus on your discovery.

What main goal focus will encourage more happiness and growth? I’d love to hear what you are focused on and how you stay focused. Connect via Instagram (successencourager), email me or comment below.

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