Blog written by Earlyn Sharpe
You are wondering how to get your life together? It has never weighed on you this heavily before, and you have no clue where to begin. This is not a lack of effort or trying on your part; it’s a very challenging year for many. We’re all in the same storm, but we’re in different boats. After what feels like an exhausting year of news watching and an overload of negative stories, it is easy to be distracted from your own life. The good news is there is still time to get your life back on track.
1. First! Get out of your head
When you want to turn your life around, it is vital to stop focusing on the negative. Instead of seeing the glass half empty, you have to view your glass as half full. What does that mean? It means if you’re under the covers because it’s so difficult to get out of bed due to all of the trauma you’ve been through, despite the hurt, pain, and mishaps, you must make the first move- get out of your head and get up! Get ready to be curious about Why You! Get your mind, body, and soul to a place where you are ready for the endless possibilities of finding your Why. You will discover it’s more fun than under the covers! Now you’re ready to get your life together.
2. Plan your week!
One key strategy for success is planning. Find a quiet place in your home, take a pen and paper and make a list of the things you want to get done this week. Place it into three categories personal, professional & phenomenal, your 3P for SUCCESS. Your life will become much easier when you know what you are doing, where you are going, and who you are meeting. Knowing that organization is critical to success, maybe clearing our mind is also vital through organization. The primary purpose of creating a list is to keep you organized and on schedule, highlight, and check off your daily task. Not everything needs to be planned. Planning allows you to organize your thoughts and your day, setting yourself up for success while learning from the process and developing your skillset. Remember to schedule in some time for self-care. A cohesive plan is noteworthy in securing time for oneself. So plan wisely and know your limit. Create a Plan Your Week List Sheet to help keep your life organized. This weekly list sheet is key if you’re wondering where to start and how to get your life together.
3. Gratitude is excellent.
Every morning when you arise, think of seven things that you are grateful for in your life. Repeat the same thought process before you lay down to sleep. Clear your mind and think of the day you had. Please close your eyes and reflect, think, and be grateful that you made it through and give thanks. Allow this one activity to bring positivity into your life and know life is not always great but, somethings are great every day.
4. Plan your meals and your moves!
There is much emphasis on mindful eating and exercise. Plan your meals and exercise routine every week so you can be audacious and on point with your nutrition and keeping fit. Meal planning will allow you to budget wisely in choosing healthy, nutritious ingredients to prepare your meal. It also cuts downtime when you know what you are preparing every day of the week. Try using our Free Menu Planner for your meals and provide your weekly shopping list. Are you still hanging onto that extra Covid-19 weight from the lockdown? Maybe it’s time to get moving to be healthy and fit. There are many benefits of exercising: it just takes some encouragement and motivation to begin. When exercising, be adventurous, try new exercises, and see if there’s one that excites you. Try signing up for a virtual gym or yoga studio. You can also check out YouTube for exercise videos that would inspire you to make a schedule of three times per week to begin. If you need support, ask a friend or family member to join you on this quest and make sure both of you are on the same page, so there is no dual sabotage.
5. Make a mind map
When you get to tip number, pat yourself on the back because you’re doing it. Isn’t it beneficial to see the glass half full? Now you’re ready to make a mind map of what you want to achieve for you. Now I know that setting goals for many can be fearful. The fear of not accomplishing what you said you would. Let’s look at this objectively. Often, you focus on only accomplishing the goal and not the growth you achieve along the way with all the twists and turns you’ve overcome. You had the strength to arise. Now take a breath and set aside one hour each week to set yourself clear goals to keep you on track to achieving your outcomes. If you find yourself struggling, take a minute, and re-evaluate your steps. It’s okay to stumble or to fall once you get up and keep going. It would be best to hold yourself accountable to achieving your goals because you are the best person for the job.
6. Take action
To plan and set goals for our lives is a critical and necessary action that leads to success. But setting goals and planning is just one part of the process. Goals and plans without action are dead dreams. You must apply and carry out massive action steps for your goals to become a reality. Only then can you begin to live your purpose is by applying the action to each step. When you use action, you make things happen. You make your goals a reality. You get the results you are working for by applying massive action to each step of your plan. Life may happen to you, and you may get distracted and fall off your path. Nevertheless, get up and keep going. Life is doing what life is supposed to do, take a page out of the book of life, and do what you’re supposed to do. Set your goals, make a plan, and take ACTION.
7. Review, revise, and keep moving
Never live your life looking back in the rearview mirror. Practice moving forward by reminding yourself of all the things that you have to be grateful for, especially in difficult times when it’s so easy to keep compiling negative thoughts and feeling sorry for yourself. Practice reviewing what worked well and what did not. Put the things that didn’t work out in the parking lot for your review at a later date. Keep your focus on the things that you are good at and are working well for you. This would build your self-confidence and give you the vision that you need to review and revise what is not working well, allowing you to cultivate a plan of action to keep you moving forward with your goals.