When I was invited by the founder of a women's entrepreneurship organization to run a goal-setting challenge with her members to kick off 2021, I pondered the right approach. These women are ambitious dreamers and doers, most of whom already had big goals in their sights come January first. And then it hit me - while many driven individuals already know what they want, they don't always have the habits that support their goal achievement in healthy ways. So, I decided to run them through the paces of my own daily routine, a nine-ingredient formula for success that I call my CAN DO GEMS.
These 'gems' help me maintain focus on all four pillars of wellness (mental, emotional, physical, spiritual) while making follow-through on my goals a top priority.
Consistency - Show up every day like, it's. your. job. and strive - even if you struggle. When we are consistent with our habits, we are still making progress and moving forward on our goals.
Attitude - Wake up with a positive mindset. You are creating a life that makes you want to jump out of bed and get to work!
Nourishment - Eat healthfully. Hydrate throughout the day. Stretch and move your body. Consider supplements to prevent nutritional deficits. Nourish your mind as well as your body: learn something new every day.
Dreams - Connecting to our dream every day keeps us motivated. Write down your big dreams for your life every. single. day. in your journal, in the present tense, as though you've already achieved them.
Objectives - Use a paper day planner. Each morning, before launching into the work of the day, list your top three objectives. Each one should move the needle on your goals.
Gratitude - Recognizing the blessings that already exist within and around us fuels our focus on abundance and feelings of expansiveness.
Energy - There is a direct correlation between our energy level and our success. Commit to getting enough sleep. Note when your energy dips during the day. and rather than reach for the caffeine, do five minutes of physical activity, like a brisk walk. Plan you most important tasks for when your energy is at its peak.
Meaning - Mindfulness infuses meaning into our actions. Set mini intentions as you transition to new activities throughout your day. Remember: even when performing everyday tasks, we can be purposeful and passionate. Connect to the 'Why' of your goals and work.
Self-love - This is the foundation of our success, and the most important gem of them all. Love the person you are right now - not just your future self, but the you who strives and struggles and shows up. Be kind to yourself. Set healthy boundaries around your time and mental and emotional energy.
Commit to one act of self-care every day, no matter how small.
Check out the CAN DO GEMS Challenge posts in the Sparked Living Facebook Group. Share your goals and habits. Give encouragement and get support on your goals. I'd love to read about your journey!
Here's an infographic that consolidates all the GEMS in one place and lists some additional resources to keep the momentum moving forward.