Top 5 Tips for a Successful Year

06.01.15 Learn Blog SumoSalad

Success and failure are largely the results of habit! – Napoleon Hill

A new year has begun which for most means new goals and new dreams; an opportunity to start a fresh chapter.

Many goals made over the New Year associate with health and fitness. If you are some one who has set a goal to feel more energetic, achieve a personal best sporting result, lose excess weight, have more focus, quit smoking, drinking, sugar or anything else that is not serving you, then this article is for you.

What we do on a consistent basis forms who we are, how we look and feel. Our personal journey and research shows us how to both fail and rise to success. I’d like to share five habits that have helped me achieve my goals and dreams.

Whether it is energy, performance or weight loss these simple HABITS will help you reach your desired outcome. Here are my top 5 tips for a successful year.

  1. Make a food diary
  • Be honest with yourself.
  • Take note of your daily intake and acknowledge the foods that are not serving you and replace them with wholefoods – fresh vegetables, fruit and nuts. Increase the amount of salad and fresh vegetables you consume.
  • Remove processed foods from your house and diet for good.

Some of my favourite lighter options for traditional pantry staples like rice and potatoes include:

  • Sweet potatoes diced into 1 cm cubes and baked for 20-25 minutes on in a fan forced oven at 200 c with cinnamon, chilli flakes and coconut oil. Remove the chilli and the kids love them too.
  • Cauliflower Rice, this is another dish the kids love and is quick and easy to prepare. Take a cauliflower with florets and stalk roughly chopped then place into a food processor, pulse into tiny, fine pieces that look like rice. Add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil to a fry pan add the cauliflower, lightly cook for 4-6 minutes, season with salt and pepper to serve. I found this gem in Pete Evans’ book, ‘The Paleo Way’, Pete also has an incredible Cauliflower fried rice recipe.

Not a cauliflower fan? I urge you to try this anyway most of you will be pleasantly surprised. Note that when you eradicate processed foods, excess salt and sugar from your diet most things taste different.

  1. Create a weekly schedule: Take the time to create a weekly schedule that identifies the non-negotiable factors in your life and work around those. Being organized and having a base plan for all things in life sets you up for success, gives you clarity and a road map to where you are going.

My own non-negotiables are: quality time with my children, daily exercise, Meditation and reading. I work these into my life as a priority as they set me up to feel good and perform well.

There are planners and diaries that you can buy, templates you can download or create your own using an excel spreadsheet.

Create a “magic morning” to set you up for the best possible chance of a happy and productive day. For example start with a glass of warm water with fresh lemon, meditation and exercise followed by a healthy breakfast. This will give you the energy, clarity and endorphins to be your best self. We can all come up with excuses as to why we cannot create a “magic morning”, I assure you that is exactly all that they are; excuses.

  1. Make time to exercise daily: This is a must and something everyone is capable of doing, it is a choice.

Start with 20 minutes a day that you have scheduled in. Find activities that interest you and will keep your interest long term. Continue to set goals that will keep you moving forward and improving. If you start with walking 5 km aim to be walking 10 in a months time.

Explore different activities; look at what is on offer in your local community. The options are endless from table tennis to beach volleyball, badminton, squash, tennis, running groups, climbing groups, swimming groups, cycling clubs and more.

Team sports are brilliant because they keep you social, fit and accountable. When you feel the benefits of exercise you will no longer compromise setting time aside.

  1. Visualize how you want to look, feel and think, the person you are proud to be on all levels. Remember a time you felt most happy and fulfilled and know you can re-create that feeling anytime. This can be a powerful tool towards better health.  This knowledge is powerful.
  1. Create positive thoughts & practice gratitude

Today’s modern demands and expectations can lead us to being overwhelmed causing anxiety and stress.

Through creating a habit of positive thinking and gratitude you can become less reactive and more responsive in all you do, say and think.

Create realistic positive goals, celebrate your successes, learn from your failures, and accept perfection is a myth. When you travel off route – get back on, be open, be curious, be compassionate and always choose love over fear.

Creating these 5 habits can help you feel happier, healthier and ready to approach anything life throws at you in a more positive way.

Gift yourself this year by creating habitual health that will set you up for the best version of you, living a life you love.

POSTED BY: Kerrie Otto de Grancy

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