You’ve heard the expression, “to move forward you have to sometimes take a step back” right? As the new year is upon us it makes sense to me to look back at goals that weren’t achieved in 2019 and reflect (DO NOT dwell) on why they were missed. I have found the exercise in my own life quite constructive. If you’re curious here are some of the mistakes I have made that have prevented my goal attainment
1. Set the goal too big… being overly optimistic can sometimes be just as challenging as being a pessimist.
2. Setting too many goals… while ambition is admirable, diffused focus doesn’t do any goal any favors
4 Sentences to Help You Be a Better You in 2020!
Posted: December 27, 2019
The centerpiece of the Personal Best philosophy has always been our Student Creed. As the New Year begins and you’ve had a chance to rethink and refocus, here are a few commitments that may help you act. They are ACTION STEPS inspired by the four sentences that start every class. In fact, they are taken literally from the walls of Personal Best. Sometimes the answers we are looking for are right in front of us.
Student Creed #1
I will develop myself in a positive manner and avoid anything that would reduce my mental growth and my physical health.
3 MORE Ways to De-Stress in December!
Posted: December 17, 2019
As mentioned, the holidays are upon us and if you are like most what comes with the holiday cheer is the Holiday stress. Stress in December comes in many forms; the stress of what to get the stress of the year ending and still having things to do and maybe the stress of increased traffic and shopping lines. Well here are a few more tips to help you turn down the stress and use the time to bring you back to center.
4. Pay attention to how you feel There are definitely times when more push is required but be in tune with how you feel. If you feeling a little off maybe the best thing for you to do is rest. At times., I know this can stress us out a bit because we feel like we are not getting things done today, but if you look at the entire month, I think you will always find that taking a down day to prevent a full blown cold or flu will be a much better investment than pushing for through a single day of half focus activity and needing to take 3 additional days off because you didn’t listen to what your body was telling you.
5. Focus on the present It is said that stress comes from only two things; either dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. If you really stop to think about it, you will find that it is true. Every time you start to feel the pull of these two things, recognize it and gently bring your focus back to what you are presently doing.
3 Ways to De-Stress in December
Posted: December 09, 2019
The holidays are upon us and if you are like most what comes with the holiday cheer is the Holiday stress. Stress in December comes in many forms; the stress of what to get the stress of the year ending and still having things to do and maybe the stress of increased traffic and shopping lines. Well here are a few tips to help you turn down the stress and use the time to bring you back to center.
Turn drive time into your time. Face it, we can’t control the traffic but we can control what happens (most of the time… kids can though an occasional monkey wrench in) in our cars. For the month of December, take a break from your routine and commit to just listening to holiday or classical music… whichever makes you feel more centered and happy.
Giving is Energy Giving
Posted: December 04, 2019
For some, to make a friend takes time, effort and energy. Thinking about this can be a daunting task. An effortless way to get around what you may perceive as an energy drain is to be a giver. What do I mean? It takes mental effort when meeting someone to craft a way for you to be interesting to the person you are meeting. You ask yourself, “How do I act?” and “What do I say?” all the while feeling stress on the inside.
Instead of taking that approach, how about focusing on being more interested than interesting? Take the spotlight off yourself and sincerely be interested and curious about who they are, what they do and how you can help them. From their perspective it will be so refreshing to meet a person who is not trying to make themselves look good, but rather is interested in them.
If you think about it, creating a relationship is based on the person, liking, trusting and respecting you. What better way to facilitate this happening than to unselfishly allow them the spotlight to share what they want about themselves with you.