Ever wonder what uber-successful people are doing differently? We often look at our favourite mentors wondering, how did they get there, how did they do that?
What they all have in common are these traits:
They make their health a top priority.
It is scientifically proven that how you treat your body has a direct effect on how you live your life. How you fuel your body and how much you exercise affects every aspect of your life, your energy, and your results! How will you accomplish everything on your to-do list if you don’t have the energy to do so? Some examples of two of my favourite mentors and their morning routines are Tony Robbins who does morning meditation/yoga and then jumps in a cold plunge, and Oprah Winfrey who jumps on her treadmill every morning and enjoys a green smoothie for breakfast. How you start your day sets the tone for the rest of it; choose wisely.
They read—a lot!
I haven’t always been a huge reader but within the last couple of years I’ve become obsessed with personal development books and audio books. Now there is rarely a day I’m not streaming a new book during my commute. I’m currently listening to Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and loving it so far.
They set goals.
In the March/April edition of The Good Life, I wrote about “Making a Vision Board” and we talked goal setting. This is so important. You need to know where you are going before you can get there. Set goals at every level: what does your day look like, your week, your year, five years from now, and so on. Write it down, adjust as you go, and don’t stop.
They don’t get distracted by comparison.
“Comparison is the thief of all joy”: have you heard that quote before? It’s so important to realize that your own journey is unique to you and your successes and failures are your lessons and no one else’s. Don’t get stuck in the comparison trap—stay focused and stay in your lane.
They wake up early.
Oh yes! The early bird gets the worm. On the Nature’s Fare blog last month, we talked about this in “How to be an Early Riser!” Successful people aren’t hitting snooze, they are up with reckless abandon each morning, ready to face the day.
In the end, it’s you who decides your own definition of success. Be proud of how far you’ve come, be excited for where you are going, and enjoy each moment along the way.
Vanessa Jahnke is a leading nutrition and healthy living expert helping women all over Canada create healthy, happy and successful lives. She is the co-founder of Pure Gym & Juicery in Penticton, BC and a healthy living blogger at www.vanessajahnke.ca. In a world where we are inundated with diet information, Vanessa’s approach to healthy-living is fun, straight-forward and attainable, drawing thousands of people to her blog and online programs.
Article was published in The Good Life magazine.