- Read 20 Pages Daily
All successful people learn from the mistakes of others and don’t repeat them. They learn about those mistakes and tricks to avoid them by reading a lot and on a variety of subjects. If you don’t read, then set a goal of reading at least 10 pages daily in week 1, then 15 in week two and going up to 50 pages daily.
Nothing has ever had more influence on the human mind than the collective wisdom contained between two hardcovers. She often quotes Mark twain to her clients and friends “a person who does not read, is no better than a person who cannot read.”
- Early to Rise
Life Coach points out that most successful people start their day early.
They exercise, meditate, connect with the self, and gain energy to last a long gruelling working day of 14-18 hours.
You may not need such a long working day but getting up early and walking alone will make you look much younger than you are. And that is a good enough motivation in itself!
Add meditation and healthy breakfast, and you have a super energy combo.
Early risers are more cheerful, healthy, and productive than others.
- Walk for 30 Minutes Daily
Once you wake up early, you’ll have too much time, so use it to increase your wealth!
You know, health is wealth!
Hit the road “running” and walk, jog, do Yoga, join a gym, do anything but sit and home and sip tea or coffee.
Scientists suggest that by working out in moderation for at least 160-200 minutes per week, you can put at bay the risks for heart diseases, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and even depression.
If you don’t have enough time in the morning, then make sure to walk on your calls, every time, during the day and then walk in the evening, daily.
Even at office if you don’t absolutely need to, and then keep standing. Even take and attend meetings standing to make them sharp, focused and to the point.
- Be Visible
If you are one of those who are never missed at any gathering, then it is time to speak and be visible.
To be seen and respected, you first need to be heard.
Set a goal to practice for 15 minutes talking about your opinion and ideas with impact in the meeting.
Write a sequence of concepts and ideas you will discuss ahead of each meeting and prepare a set of relevant and pertinent questions to ask after studying the agenda.
- Connect with at least 3 People this Week
Professional networking is what takes one ahead of others. It is so important for career development, that Dale Carnegie wrote a book on it!
Make a goal to connect with at least 2 people who are not already in touch for the last 4 weeks, and 1 person who is out of touch for at least 6 months.
To add spice, set a goal to connect with a new person each month and attend 2 networking events this quarter.
- Give Back
Nature and our society have given us many things to be thankful for. We owe our successes to many seen and unseen people working to make it possible for us to be here at a position of strength.
As a conscientious and an able member of it, it is now our turn to contribute for its well-being.
Set a goal to dedicate 2 to 4 hours every week for community service in any form – teaching at local school, coaching kids in sport, serving food and clothes to the homeless, caring for the homeless and stray animals.
- Paying-off Debt in 6 Months
Debt for investment like business or home is an investment that is expected to grow and benefit the debtor in the long run.
On the other hand, debt for cars, personal expenses and credit cards are consumption expenditures with no future value. They have become so easy, that people are getting into the debt trap.
Life Coach tells that many young clients of her are deep in debt, on the noose of EMIs and are living paycheck to paycheck.
It is one of the foremost reasons for stress and family discord in their lives.
So, set a goal for clearing all credit card dues in 2 months, all personal loans in next 2 months and all auto loans in the next 2 months.
Promise yourself that you will only spend on essentials till you have paid off 100% of the unsecured and short-term debt on consumption expenditure.
- Limit Screen Time
When we are at home we stare at our mobiles or indulge in TV. Even at the dining table everyone has their phones in one hand and no one relishes the food and enjoys the company.
We continuously stare at screens for the most part of our work with most of it being done online.
Doing so becomes our habit so much so that we need it while driving or in the loo! We need to see anything on our screens, even if it is filth.
She suggests limiting the screen time at home to 90 minutes and gradually reducing it up to 30 minutes.
This gives us more time with family and relieves the stress on our eyes.
With this strict limit in place, we will watch only what is absolutely necessary.
- Eat Green
“A healthy mind resides in a healthy body”, she often quotes.
Having a nourishing rich diet with fruits, vegetables, nuts, cereals and dairy will keep you fit, active and boost your immunity.
Make a goal to have raw salad as part of lunch and dinner and eat one seasonal fruit daily.
Cluttering and hoarding indicate our deep attachment, possessiveness and longing for the past as well as a tendency to put important things off.
Ritu Singal shares the story of a young client who was constantly in a state of irritation, confusion and depression. He could not see a pencil on a typical office desk or find the appointment in his diary.
This made him the butt of jokes in the workplace and further instigated his irritation. His depression got severe each time he saw his friends enjoying their success and companionship.
With the help of psychological tools, questionnaires and exercises, he learnt that he has a habit of “hoarding” things and cannot let anything out of the home, no matter how old or broken it was.
She made him realise that profess’ mind and home are as sacrosanct as a bank locker. If you don’t keep any rubbish in the bank locker, why would you collect it at home or in your mind?
The very experience of giving away to complete strangers, filled the client with love and compassion. It changed him into a cheerful and positive person. Today, after 3 years, he is a founder of a successful startup.
Clutter at the workplace is seen as a sign of laziness and lack of attention. Decluttering and letting go of hoarded items are very cathartic and intense in impact.
Every week, before beginning new, give 15 minutes to declutter your space and every weekend before leaving the office give/throw away an old item long past its use.
Goal setting, life coach insists, is an important step to decide what you want to achieve in your life by separating important from irrelevant.
It motivates yourself daily and consistently, as it gives you small accomplishment moments on achieving a short-term goal.
The self-confidence and energy will sail you through the most uncertain times to finally reach your long term goals.