Like everything else this year, this blog entry didn’t go quite as planned. We got a little engrossed in the topic so it’s slightly longer than intended. We wanted to explain some of our thinking in a little more detail – hopefully this helps everyone apply the ideas.
So, if you’re pushed for time (6 minutes), our top 3 tips are:
Take small, consistent steps towards your wellness goals EVERY day. Employ a checklist to keep you on track
Visualise SUCCESS as often as you can. Stop visualising ‘failure’
Identify WHY healthy living matters to YOU. Read your wellness mission statement 3-5 times each day
If you have a little more time, read on…
This year has underlined just how important it is that we all stop allowing our personal wellbeing to drop down the priority list. It might feel like there’s always something more important – work, family, friends, chores – but in reality, it’s not possible to deliver your best in any of these areas, physically or mentally, if you’re not looking after yourself.
For the last 9 months, we’ve all faced more change and uncertainty than ever before and still there’s no concrete finish line in sight. The only constant throughout all of this is that we all need positive energy and resourcefulness to deal with whatever life throws at us. And we need to be agile and resilient as life seems to be throwing new challenges at us every day!
2020 has illustrated a few key wellness strategies that have proved successful for individuals and teams working across a variety of business sectors and in a number of different countries.
Here’s what we suggest you prioritise to ensure great wellness results throughout your organisation in 2021:
1. Small, positive steps make a massive difference
2020 has really underlined the importance of adopting a measured approach for long term wellness success and the value of taking consistent positive steps. Every day we need to be on good form and that can only be guaranteed (or as close as we can get to a guarantee) by staying focused, staying on track with what we know works for us and avoiding choices that we know might impair our performance tomorrow or even later today.
The simplest way to ensure your small steps are completed every day is to design a simple checklist.
It sounds mundane perhaps but it happens so often that people start the day with the best of intentions and then the day runs away with them. Before you know it, it’s bedtime and too late to fit everything in. So, let your daily checklist do the thinking for you. It could be as simple as:
Breakfast by 0900
2-litres of water through the day
Get some fresh air
Take a break at lunchtime
Walk 8000 steps
You can review your checklist every month and then keep it handy as a reminder while you’re focusing on other things. It may be simple but you’ll be amazed what a difference it can make. In fact, never underestimate the simple. It’s often overlooked as the best solution.
Generating ongoing motivation
The value of consistent, positive action cannot be underestimated. Physically it helps us optimise our energy levels but perhaps even more important is the boost to mood and confidence we achieve by making good choices. Every small wellness victory creates motivation to do more and as results accumulate, self-esteem blossoms.
2. Visualise SUCCESS and it will be yours
Napoleon Hill said, ‘Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.’ We agree with this sentiment when it comes to most peoples’ wellness goals. With one important caveat. When visualising your desired outcomes, focus in detail on exactly what you want to achieve in the future and avoid reinforcing visualisations of ways in which you may not be or have been as successful as you wished with this goal.
A familiar story…