Do you know the habits of highly successful people? They say the most successful people, the self made millionaires, have a similar set of habits to help them get to where they are.
We are in eclipse season and I will not lie – the first half of the year has been challenging, for me. But we still have 6 months left. So if you haven’t hit your goal, yet, no worries! There is still time.
I am a big goal setter. So I always have goals in health, in money, in relationships … And so today, we are going to be talking about habits. And so this applies no matter what your goals are.
These habits are from Tom Corley’s book, “Change Your Habits, Change Your Life”. These are some of the habits that I’ve been able to instill in my life and what’s enabled me to change my life over the past five years.
If you are not familiar with my story, five years ago I hit my rock bottom. I was so frustrated with where my life was. Physically, financially, relational. Just everything. I was married with two kids, and I was very low-confidence. I wasn’t even sure if my marriage was going to make it. I was overweight, going nowhere in my business and we were barely getting by, financially.
I had a come-to-Jesus moment with myself. Something has to change and I knew it started with the man in the mirror. If you are in hard times, look in the mirror and ask yourself how you can be better.
I started with my health because I knew my weight was affecting my confidence; which was affecting my career goals, my financial goals, my relationships. First step was to lose the baby weight I was holding onto. You can read more about me here.
My physical health catapulted me into all the other areas of my life. That’s why I’m so passionate about health and fitness because it can really be like the gateway drug of changing your life.
So what are these success habits?
The Early Bird Gets The Worm
50% of self-made millionaires get up at least three hours before their work day. Three hours before their day actually starts. They’re getting up. Getting started with their day. Tom Corley says, “If you could get three things done before you even start your workday, you’re going to feel like a badass”, right? And so that’s just going to give you more confidence and more energy and more zest to get other stuff done.
What time do you get up? Do you get up 15 minutes before you need to leave? Or are you getting up and prepping your mind, prepping your day, looking over your schedule? What does your morning look like? Hello! Thanks for joining. We’re talking about the habits of successful people and so getting up early. I was just … I have been getting up at 5:00. Sometimes 4:30 in the morning. Like on auto-pilot. My body is just used to it now. We are creatures of habit, so create the habit of getting up early.
Readers are Leaders
The average entrepreneur reads 24 books in a year. The average non-entrepreneur reads … actually, they don’t … they read an average of five books after high school throughout their whole life. After high school, throughout their whole adult life, they’ll read about five books. Warren Buffet says this is his most important habit that he’s created for himself, is just reading and reading and learning from other successful people.
Some of the books I have read this year
Climb Your Own Ladder
She Means Business
Rock Your Network Marketing Business
Secret Strategies to Earn A lot Of Money….
Girl, Wash Your Face
Girl, Stop Apologizing
Spend Time In Reflection
Every day, spending 15 to 20 minutes of assessing where you are in your life and how all the pieces are fitting for you. What are you happy with? What are you not happy with? And this has been a really key part of my own transformation is just having that bird’s eye view of, okay this is going good, but this isn’t going good. And where do I need to shift my energy? What do I need to focus on? And to get where I want to go. Having that silent time. Having that quiet time. Alone time. And just being alone with your thoughts and figuring out. Just spending time in reflection, whether you’re reflecting on your day, you’re reflecting on your week, the month, or even like last year.
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Make Exercise a Priority
A lot of successful people say that one of their priorities is getting exercise. Exercise helps you get more energy, helps you feel more successful, like you already got something accomplished in the day, and making health a priority. Because your success isn’t going to last very long if you’re not healthy. And if you don’t have the energy to get through your day, you may not be very productive. You can get started with healthy eating and body weight workouts.
Being Around People That Inspire You
You know what they say, birds of a feather flock together. So if you want to be successful, hang around successful people. And if you are hanging around people that don’t inspire you, it can really bring you down. It can bring your energy down and can help you kind of feel deflated. You will pick up the energy of those around you. But if you hang around other people that are successful, more successful than you, they will give you the energy you need and they’ll give you the motivation and they’ll encourage you to actually go after your goals. Who are the 5 people you spend the most time with?
Pursue Your Own Goals
Sometimes we can get in this habit of watching what everyone else is doing and doing that but having your own goals and climbing your own ladder, you can choose, are you going to climb someone else’s ladder? Or are you going to climb your own? And working for someone else, sometimes we can get into that rat race of doing what someone else wants us to do and then by the time we’re 40, 50 years old, we realize we never actually did anything on our own goal list. When was the last time you wrote out your goal list? Sit down and write out your top 10 goals.
Get Enough Sleep
As someone who suffered from fatigue and suffered from adrenal fatigue, sleep is so important to me. I have a strict bedtime. I never go to bed past 11:00, but really 9:00 or 10:00 is when I like to go to bed. I will make an exception like once a week, if we have a team call, if I have a mentor call late. I’m in bed usually shortly after my kids go to bed or I end up falling asleep with them, even if I don’t intend to. And referring back to habit #1, if you are getting up early, you need to be getting to bed at a decent time.
The successful people that were interviewed sleep an average of 10 hours. So how much sleep are you getting? Because if you don’t have sleep, then you’re not going to have energy, and you’re not going to want to do anything. So, making sleep a priority.
Have Multiple Streams of Income
They’re not putting all their eggs in one basket, but having multiple ways that they are making money. How many ways do you have to make money? What happens if one of them runs dry? Ways to earn cash:
Helping people around their house
There are so many ways to earn extra income: Uber, Lyft, Network Marketing, Affiliate Marketing
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Avoid Time Wasters
A filter of mine, it’s been mine for a long time and anyone who’s close to me can tell you this, I have a filter. A lot of people, they tag me in stuff. They want me to watch videos. They want me to do this.
I ask myself: And is it helping me in some way? Is it helping me advance my own life? Is it bringing me joy? Is it making me money? Those are my three filters. If the answer is no for all of them, I may not watch it. I don’t watch a lot of TV. Occasionally we’ll go to the movies. Facebook and Instagram scrolling is modern day TV. I want to use my time wisely. And so having that filter. Avoiding the time wasters. Avoiding tire kickers. What do you waste your time on? Could you use it more effectively to hit one of your goals?
I’ve learned how to save time, delegate more and ask for more help.
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I used to be a huge starbucks and dunkin donuts coffee addict! I loved the experience of getting a hot or iced latte. I didn’t love the price or the high calorie count.
My drink, caramel macchiato, came in at 250 calories and 33 grams of sugar.
Then, I started making them at home – with flavored creamers. I saved some money, not so much on the calories or sugar content.
When I started losing weight, I replaced my coffee with green tea, no sugar needed. If you know me, you know I drink my tea daily. Or I would try adding my favorite protein powder to coffee, but it never turned out as good as I wanted it to be.
I developed the mindset of – It is either taking me closer to my goals or away from it.
However, I would still occasionally stray over to the drive thru line – testing out the latest seasonal flavors. SHHHH don’t tell my husband! He hates supporting the corporate chain franchises, so I always go in secret.
BUTTTTT….. last year, I found the ultimate replacement and I no longer need to go get my coffee fix.
Protein Iced Coffee – just add water and ice. Herbalife released their newest product, in October of last year and I am totally in love!
Here’s why I love it:
- High protein
- Low sugar
- Only 100 calories
- Very easy to make
- Simple to add some syrup to change the flavor
8 ounces water
2 scoops Herbalife protein coffee
Pour over ice
My favorite combinations:
Mocha flavor + mint extract
House blend + Walden Foods Caramel syrup
House blend + Walden Foods Caramel syrup and dash cinnamon
I like to drink my coffee either first thing in the morning or as an afternoon pick me up.
After my second daughter was born, I needed a nap before my kids did by 10:30-11:00am during the day. I was ready for a nap and I felt like coffee was my lifeline. I felt like I could just have an IV hooked up to coffee because that’s how low energy I was, and caffeine dependent I had become. These are some of my go to sources for natural energy.
If you do find yourself going through an energy slum, whether it’s all day long or maybe it’s just a certain part of the day, certain things that you can do to give yourself that energy zap, so you can have more focus and energy for the rest of your day.
Get some sun
Have you ever noticed in the summer time, or on your day off, on the weekend when you’re outside, you just have this natural energy and you don’t even need any caffeine. That’s because the sun; it gives us so much energy. If you are sitting at your desk and you’re feeling low energy, take a hop outside or take a walk. Taking a break from your regular routine, standing up from your desk and getting some vitamin D can do wonders.
Go For A Walk
There’s something about energy, the way it flows through our body, just by standing up and taking a walk around the office. It breaks up your routine, gets the energy in your body moving and will improve circulation. Add a daily walk at the beginning or end of your day to see long-term improvements to your energy.
Sit up nice and tall, make sure your back is straight, posture is good, and take a deep breath in. This is a natural stress reliever. If you can do this two to three times, just deep breath in and let it out.
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Drink More Water
If you don’t get enough water and you’re dehydrated that can feel like you’re really tired. It also can make you feel hungry. Drinking water and making sure you’re staying hydrated throughout the day can help increase your energy and keep your energy up throughout the day.
High Vibe Friends
Keep high energy friends around you, and whether it’s throughout the day or throughout the week and you’re going to feed off of their energy. This is why I love being in community because when I was a work at home mom, I just had kids around all day. I didn’t really have any adult conversation. If you are an empath and take on other people’s emotions, this is especially important. We feed off of each other’s energy, moods and attitudes. Keep your positive and high energy friends closer than the others. If you feel someone really sucking your energy, limit your time with them.
Drink Green Tea
One of the first things I did to increase my energy was swap out my coffee drinks for green tea. This is the tea I drink daily. Keep it at your desk, sip on it either first thing in the morning or throughout the day. Not only will it boost your energy, it will also boost your metabolism and promotes weight loss. WIN WIN
Stock Up On Protein
If you are low energy, it’s possible that you’re not eating enough food, or you’re going long periods of time without food. And so, having a quick protein meal or snack can help keep your blood sugar level was more sustainable, more stable, and it can bring up your energy really quick. When I work with new clients, for weight loss or energy, the first thing I look at is what they are eating and how much.
It’s great to just have some kind of protein snacks on hand. If you work in an office like I used to, having a little stash in your desk, some nuts, some peanut butter, some string cheese or some turkey. If you have a little mini refrigerator that you have access to, that can be really good, too.
Right now, one of my favorite protein snacks is this High Protein Iced Coffee. Comes in 2 flavors and and it is less than $3 a cup.
Need more ideas on more protein snacks
Adding a new baby to the mix last year, really shook things up in my business. I struggled doing any work that wasn’t done from my phone. I struggled with finding the time with live videos or taking photos – real life of a mom of 3. I made it work.
But I’ve really felt the need to simplify – either less work and easier systems or bringing on more support, so I can still get things done.
But I still love to work. I love creating content. I love focused time with little to no distractions.
And I’ve always loved social time and in person meetings.
In the fall, we purchased a physical location, in Louisville, Ohio – which started as a place to sell energy teas and meal replacement shakes. Check out my podcast feature on Fit Life Creation all about it.
After some reworking and getting new ideas on what we want life to look like and feel like, I am moving my entire work here.
West Side Nutrition
is now my entire office. I get time to plan, check emails, connecting and meeting clients, do podcast interviews and anything else I need quiet time for. And the best part is at home I get to focus on being a wife, mom and the house more.
As a former workaholic, I love having the two be more separated. More on that later.
We still have on the go nutrition, energizing teas, iced coffee and complete meal shakes to help with focus and productivity! But now, I get my own office time and more quiet.
What could you get done with 1-2 hours of focus time, with no interruptions? Do you have a dedicated space you can get work done?
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So much has happened in the past few months. But before we get to that, you must have some background story of how we got here.
My oldest was born early, at 33 weeks, and has a condition called Childhood Apraxia of Speech. “Apraxia is a motor speech disorder that makes it hard for children to speak. It can take a lot of work to learn to say sounds and words better” from American Speech Language Association.
He’s now nine years old and has come a long way, but our journey is far from over. CAS is a motor planning disorder where he has difficulty not only in speech, but also can affect gross motor and fine motor skills.
Gage at 18 months
- He said his first word at 18 months.
- He took his first step at 22 months.
- He was finally potty trained at age 4.
At age one, our pediatrician noticed he wasn’t talking or making much noise and referred us to our early intervention services, Help Me Grow. Early intervention is a statewide system that provides coordinated services to parents of infants and toddlers with disabilities. Check your state for something similar.
After several evaluations, we began working with EI and Stark County MRDD, in our home. We continued working with them until the maximum age of three, from there they refer to the public school system.
At three, he was put on an IEP (individual education plan), with our local school system. At that time, public school seemed like the best choice – where they would provide services of speech and occupational, and eventually physical therapies.
He loved school and we were happy with the progress he was making.
In the first grade, I started to recognize some signs of him struggling to read. He was transposing his numbers, he was really having difficulty reading and writing and started to dislike his bedtime stories (we had been doing since he was 6 months old). Despite my many attempts to talk to the school, it seemed like my concerns were dismissed. At the end of first grade, I emailed my concerns to the elementary principal, stating I wasn’t sure that he was ready for 2nd grade. She replied back that that was the schools job to determine and I was not to worry.
Our first parent-teacher conference, last year was very concerning. He was, now, in the third grade; yet, he was only reading at a kindergarten and first grade level. Despite being on an IEP, his teacher insisted he MUST pass the Ohio standarized tests or else he would repeat the 3rd grade.
I’ve never missed a single IEP meeting and I still had no clue how to help my little guy. After 8 years, several speech therapists, working with the school and a trip to Akron Children’s Neurology department, I was frustrated and had zero diagnosis.
I found an outside agency that would evaluate him, for dyslexia and any other learning disabilities and possibly give me some better answers as to how I can help him. After several evaluations, from him, and getting input from both his parents and several teachers that were familiar with him, we did get a diagnosis of intellectual disability. He tested with a lower IQ than most. The psychologist that did the testing explained that it’s going to take him longer to master certain things, than most kids, which is why he believed he was late talking, walking, potty training, and everything in between.
Since he takes longer to process information, the psychologist also stated he would need an average of two years to master the same information that most kids learn in one. He gave us some recommendations on how we could better accommodate Gage in the home and how the school could better accommodate him in the classroom.
- He would need to have instructions broken down into bite size pieces. (He does have an early intervention specialist and small group time for this)
- He would need a lot of visual manipulatives to help him master reading, writing and math.
- It is recommended he be in a smaller classroom, made up of his peers.
- Gage needs to feel like he is making progress and not feel like he is behind everyone else.
- He should not be held to the same standard as the rest of the class – ie. required to pass the standarized testing.
Check back for details on what’s next for Gage and our family