Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Success



Success seems to be the topic of the week this week in conversations I've had and various posts on Facebook. The dictionary defines success as "The achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted." 

Success means something different to everyone.  For some it's the attainment of wealth,  for others it's prestige,  for some it's knowledge,  for others it's service they've given.  For some it's being able to tick off all items on their to-do list at the end of the day,  for others it's managing to reach the end of the day in one piece.

Success for me has changed over the years,  depending on my capabilities.  But I think regardless of your situation you can be a successful person. I believe a successful person achieves their goals and is happy with their station in life.

I have goals I want to achieve.  With my health being at it's worst in a long time I want to give my body the best chance possible,  so I want to be more healthy in my body and mind.

There are many tips of wisdom found on the Internet. I thought I would compile myself a list from all the tips I found useful.  If you have any tips that work for you,  please share!

Healthy food equals a healthy body... Or at least giving your body a chance to be as healthy as it can be. 

Don't over-eat. Over-eating can cause your body to produce too much insulin, which lowers blood sugar and can make you tired or even depressed. 

- Spend some quiet time inside your mind meditating or visualizing. Even just a minute of visualization and positive thinking can help improve your mood and outlook.

- Be Proactive - Your decisions are the primary determining factor for effectiveness in your life.

- Take responsibility for your choices and the consequences that follow.

- Discover and clarify your deeply important character values and life goals for each of your various roles and relationships in life.

Prioritise. Order of importance should depend on your character values and goals that you've established.

Be aware of how much time your activities take,  so that you can plan your time and energies appropriately.

- Have a planning session at least once a week.

Pace yourself -  break down big projects into small steps.

Improve your skills and adopt new ones.

Empathise and really listen to others.  They will feel compelled to do the same and a caring positive environment will be created.

- Build up a network of people loyal to you. Use the combined strengths of you all to achieve the goals you can't achieve alone.

Don't worry about the things that are beyond your capacity to direct or alter.

- "Balance and renew your resources, energy, and health to create a sustainable, long-term, effective lifestyle. It primarily emphasizes exercise for physical renewal, prayer (meditation, yoga, etc.) and good reading for mental renewal. It also mentions service to society for spiritual" (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Seven_Habits_of_Highly_Effective_People)