14 healthy habits of abundantly happy people
When I first quit my job to start my freelancing business I had no idea how challenging the road ahead of me would be.
Sure, I had heard and read many things about how hard it was to have your own business and work for yourself, but there's nothing like experiencing it first-hand!
Thing is, to be successful - as well as abundantly happy - you need to be in it for the long haul. To stay on your game, you need to begin cultivating healthy habits now, that are going to support you along your journey.
I've rounded up the top 14 healthy habits that every successful person must cultivate to begin manifesting your dream life.
Cultivate a positive mindset
A positive mindset is the number one thing you need to cultivate in order to find and connect with the right projects, clients and opportunities. This is what will keep going when you're up against yet another obstacle and will serve to motivate you when your self-doubt is at an all time high.
Magic happens when your mindset and energy are in alignment with your biggest dreams and desires. Everything will flow and you'll begin to attract the right opportunities to you.
Wake up one hour earlier
I've never been a morning person so getting up early is not my forte. But over the past few months I wanted to challenge myself to get up earlier and have a head start on my goals.
I started aiming to get up early 2 mornings a week, then I gradually built it up - I'm now getting up and starting my day at 6 a.m. (during the week!) which has meant I start my morning routine and get into my daily goals with flow and feeling energized.
Getting into the habit of waking up an hour earlier will give you more time to focus on your priorities and give you time to start your day with a nourishing morning routine that will leave you feeling energized and inspired, so you can start your day with a bang!
Go to bed one hour earlier
Early to bed, early to rise!
Switch off the TV, close your laptop and curl up in bed an hour earlier with a good book. Going to bed early can feel incredibly luxurious if you create a nightly ritual that will help relax you and unwind from the day.
Nourish your body with plant-based foods and protein
Fuel your body with nourishing foods that are good for you! If you don't have time to make full meals, then throw together a simple salad or whip up some scrambled eggs with avocado.
When you are kind to your body and fuel it with the right foods, it will allow you to do your best work, remain focused during the day and have stamina.
Move your body daily
Moving your body will give you energy and help you feel more focused in your work - helping to make you way more productive! Set aside time each day (can even be 10-15 minutes!) so you can move your body.
You don't need to do a full on workout and spend an hour sweating it out in the gym. Some of my favorite are the workouts shared on Instagram, but I also love doing yoga. Twice a week I head to an early morning yoga class which is such an energizing way to start the day.
Whatever you decide, do something you enjoy and that works for you. Getting outside and going for a walk is a wonderful way to end the day.
Invest in yourself
Successful people invest in themselves and their future. Knowledge is what will help transform where you are now to where you want to be. Yes, investing in yourself is scary and can feel like you're well out of your comfort zone.
But, the reality is that to make your big dreams happen, you're likely going to need to invest somewhere along the way to help you acquire the skills you need, or even just someone to mentor you along the way and helping you navigate the unchartered territory.
See investment in yourself as an opportunity for fast-tracking your growth and as a clear pathway to realize your dreams.
Read more books
Books are an incredible source of knowledge and another great way to invest in yourself. If you don't have a huge budget to hire a coach or take online courses - then buy books!
I have learned so much and accelerated my growth simply by making the commitment to read at least one book at month.
Set your daily intentions
Each morning start with setting an intention to help guide the day ahead and how you want to feel throughout the day.
Here are some of my favorites:
I expand in abundance, success, and love every day, as I inspire those around me to do the same.
I will be calm and focused with complete clarity on my dreams that I work towards with ease.
I will look at every obstacle as an opportunity for growth.
Write your intention down in your daily planner or on a post-it note and stick it above your computer where you can see it during the day to keep you feeling inspired.
Focus on your top three daily priorities
When you commit to focusing on only your top priorities you will get a lot more done. This is the 80/20 rule, or Pareto Principle, whereby focusing your energy on the 20% of tasks that will yield the most significant results.
Any more than three daily priorities and you're likely to start feeling overwhelmed by what you need to get done. Keep your to-do list small and watch your productivity and results skyrocket.
Do one thing every day that scares you every day
It's true - everything that you want is on the other side of fear. Fear is the one thing that is holding you back from your dreams.
But here's the thing: every time you do something new and unfamiliar, you're stretching yourself and building confidence at the same time. Get good at feeling uncomfortable!
Commit to doing one thing each day that will lead you to where you want to be
The more you practice getting outside your zone of comfort, the quicker you will fuel your own personal growth and see your wildest dreams begin to manifest.
Say no to things that are not aligned with your vision
Saying "no" can be incredibly empowering and is sometimes necessary for your own well-being and sanity.
As women, we hateletting people down and often fall into the trap of people-pleasing, but when you keep saying yes to things that are at the detriment to your own needs and that are not aligned with your vision, you're only letting yourself down.
Build up your own resilience
Challenges and obstacles are a given. It's how you handle them that will determine your success. You must learn to ride the waves of your journey rather than drowning in a sea of stress and overwhelm every time you're faced with something that doesn't go your way.
Never give up on your dream
Choose to play the long game. Success is rarely overnight and can often take many years of consistent daily action to get you to where you want to be. Commit to your vision and show up - your success relies on you never giving up.
There is no perfect moment to build your dream and there will never be a "right time" to start following your bliss and building your best life.
No matter where you are, you have to start from somewhere, so why not start today? It may not be the perfect conditions, but you will make it perfect by the attitude you bring.
Editor's note: This article was originally published on Rachel Gadiel's website. It has been republished here with permission.
Rachel Gadiel is an Australian Holistic Health Coach currently based in San Francisco, teaching overwhelmed and over-worked women how to up-level their health, happiness, energy and vitality so they can feel their best, look their best and live a life with more freedom, fulfillment, and FUN! She has sweet spot for coconuts and candles and will never say no to raw desserts. Connect with Rachel on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.
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