Mar. 4, 2012
8 Pillars to a Successful Life
Last week on Sunday I made of list of goals that I really wanted to work on a weekly basis that would push me further to a more successful life.
I know that if I keep this list up where I can see it on a daily basis and stay focused on theses goals that everything in life will improve. It’s important to make a daily conscious effort to stay in line with the goals set before you.
I’m also going to give you examples of each what I actually did to move forward with what I call…The 8 Pillars to a Successful Life.
1) Sleep more
Very underrated, sleep is as important for survival as food and water. Yet countless numbers of people are grossly deprived of this one human necessity. Lack of quality sleep leads to poor mental focus and diminished GH levels in the body, which is known as our “fountain of youth hormone”.
What I did: On the mornings that I usually have to get up super early at like 5:30am I make it a point to call it a night a little earlier the night before. I kill the TV, drink some sleepy time tea, and take my zinc and magnesium pill and then lights out.
2) Eat clean
Sounds simple but still we all want the fast and convenient. Well with the fast and convenient come altered food properties and processed ingredients. Our modernized diet is the major cause of obesity, disease and learning disabilities.
What I did: Since I’ve been super busy lately and didn’t have time to cook, last week I ordered my pre-cooked meals from a company that delivers fresh with no preservatives and has a choice of whole food meals to choose from. If I’m in a pinch, at least my meal will be clean and healthy.
3) Train hard and sweat more
Are you doing the same workouts week in and week out? Are you pushing yourself harder than a few months ago? Why not? A part of exercising and fitness is progressing. If you are not doing more reps or getting stronger or doing more in less time, than you’re not progressing.
What I did: Last week I made it a point to try a heavier weight on certain exercise even though I did less reps. I still wanted my body to feel a heavier resistance to let it know, you will be worker harder now! I also made it a point to step up my cardio work a little after my strength training of course.
I plan on hiring one of my boxing coaches next month to push me even further.
4) Work more efficiently and effectively
Whatever profession you are in, I’m sure there are ways to improve the way you work or do business. Do you think sending countless emails back and forth or meetings that accomplish nothing are efficient and effective? Probably not. Find ways to create a better system of doing things and free up your time.
What I did: I dissected my business and programs and made a list of what I can do better and how to make that happen. Then I created a simple as possible way of implementing it so it’s consistent almost every time. That’s called systems. I’m in the midst of documenting and creating video instructions of these systems for employees to learn from.
5) Be more ruthless with your time
The most sacred thing is your time. Wasted time is something you don’t get back. Also if you are available to everyone at all times, you will never have time for yourself which could cause your health, work and mood to slide. This will ultimately cause you to feel resentment and that is something we want to avoid. Make your time more valuable and others will then see it as valuable.
What I did: I’m beginning to learn the art of outsourcing more. I also have my weekly and daily calendar blocked off for all my important tasks. So I am only available on certain days and times and only perform my important tasks on certain days and times. My workouts and meals are also scheduled in.
6) Deliver more happiness
Everyone wants to be happy. But in order to be truly happy, you first must focus your energy on delivering happiness. Deep down inside most of us have a good heart and wish happiness for people. But are you actually going out of your way to deliver it on a daily basis? I try to but fall short at times. We all do. That’s why this should be on your list to implement.
What I did: It’s the little things that count when no one is looking. What I am focusing on is just to do the little things like telling my members on a daily basis how great they are doing and show more appreciation or improve our programs so that they offer more self-improvement stuff like this one here-> Awaken The Warrior Woman Within.
7) Stay more in line with my true core values
This is a big one and probably the most difficult to follow. Most people are not always staying in line with their true core values.
Let explain first what I mean when I say true core values. True core values don’t necessarily have to do with morals, but more to do with what you truly “believe in” and “want” to the core.
It is my belief and many others I know that if you stay in line with your true core values that you will begin to attract what it is you believe in and want and you start living the life you always wanted. It is when we waiver off these core values that things don’t stay in alignment and makes it more difficult to live our desired life.
What I did: I always catch myself drifting off my path and then shake myself and get back on. Why is it sometimes that when we truly “want” something our actions are not in align for what we want? Good question right. Well again this week I made a conscious effort to only engage in activities that move me closer to my true core values and not away from them just for the wrong reasons. This may include cutting certain things out of your life.
8) Pray more
It doesn’t matter what religion you are or what you believe in. There is force of energy in the universe greater than us that flows. You may call it God, Jesus, Allah, Buddha or Karma.
Whatever it is, take some time during your week to focus, listen and talk to that greater spirit. Take less time on the superficial things and TV, and spend a little more time on reflection, prayer and meditation. It can be just a few minutes in the morning when you wake up or a few minutes before you go to bed. Maybe even close your eyes on the locker room bench before your workout. I don’t think anyone will look at you crazy.lol
Get more in touch with your spirituality and develop more depth to yourself.
What I did: Again, another area in my life that I slip on from time to time. However, I always do find my way back to the path. I even have a Japanese symbol tattooed on my arm that means “path of God” just as a reminder. (Hope it really doesn’t mean chicken with broccoli)
This past week I made a conscious effort to pray and meditate for 5 minutes with my morning coffee before I start checking emails.
I can guarantee if you and I both work on and accomplish these 8 pillars on a weekly basis, our lives will only be more fulfilling.
I’m up for the challenge, are you?
Please give me your thoughts!