Many people think the idea of success is a big job, a big home or lots of toys. Earle Nightingale once said, “Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal;” or in other words, success is doing something often that you believe in. Success therefore can only exist in hindsight and the journey of success, the day in and day out might be measured by a level of happiness. If you’re happy doing what you’re doing, day in and day out then you are successful. It’s that simple!
Below are three tools you can use every day on the path to success. I use each of them without fail and they have proven extremely useful in my life.
1) Exercise daily. This may seem like a no-brainer but daily exercise should not be undermined. Exercise has a multitude of benefits including the release of “feel good” hormones like dopamine and serotonin, increasing the immune system which keeps us from getting sick and injured as well as relieve stress, something that is all too common in our daily lives. Whether it’s a 20 minute walk or an hour long Kickboxing class get up and move your butt!
2) Write a daily gratitude list. This practice is more powerful than most people could ever imagine. Starting your day with writing down ten things you’re grateful for helps you see your life and the world in a much more positive and productive perspective. These things can be anything from drinking water to your next South American get away. Whatever you’re grateful for, write it down. Ten is a nice number to start with and there’s no limit!
3) Create a Daily Dream Routine. A Daily Dream Routine is a list of things you want to do every day to help work toward your dreams. For me these things include meditating, exercising, writing my gratitude list, working on my book, checking my online advertisements and so on. Do you want to be a writer? Add “Write for 30 minutes a day” to your Daily Dream Routine. Do you want to become a better cook? Put “look up a new recipe” on the list.
Success and living the life of our dreams isn’t something you just wake up and find yourself smack in the middle of. It takes hard work, discipline and incremental shifts to align with that life we want to live. Your thoughts, words and actions today are what will manifest success in your life tomorrow. How are you working toward your dreams?
By Ricky Goodall, Certified Nutrition Coach