The moment you recognize a limitation as a limitation, you begin to transcend it.
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You might feel like you want to shake things up, break traditions, break the mold, and forge your own path. And that’s fine, but that might only get you so far. Or, you might find yourself in a rut; having trouble getting something started. There are some pretty basic and foundational things you can start doing today that will help you build a foundation for later creativity. Only a product of tradition can truly transform or transcend tradition.
This by no means is an exhaustive list, nor is it an exclusive one. It’s simply things that I’ve picked up over my ten years in behavioral health, psychology, and health and wellness industries.
1. Wake Up At The Same Time Every Day.
Or at least close to the same time. It helps set a tone for the day, builds a baseline, and is a foundation for routine. Five days a week, my day starts at 5am. I sleep in on Saturdays (something I am working on changing) and wake up at 6:45 on Sundays.
But Monday through Friday, I am up at 5am. I sip coffee, stretch, and read for an hour before starting my work day at 6am.
And no, I don’t care what time I get to sleep. I am up at 5am. With little to no excuses.
2. Ask Yourself, “Why?”
When you’re setting a goal for yourself, ask yourself “Why,” at least five times. This might look something like:
“I want to lose weight; why? So I can feel more confident; why? Because confidence will allow me to . . . “
And so forth.
Because a goal is rarely about the goal. It’s about what you want to see, feel, or experience.
3. Develop A System.
Packed within your life are different domains, and each domain is its own separate compartment – but part of a whole. I break my domains of life into: Employment/Career, Faith/Family, Personal Health & Wellbeing, and Leisure Time. I set goals in each domain. You can develop your own goals using my free development plan.
4. Develop Goals.
In each domain, develop goals. These goals MUST align with and support a broader vision for that domain. So, a career goal must align with some kind of broader vision for your life. A person interested in travel, for example, should likely seek a career that will not only allow for travel, but perhaps even be a part of the job.
5. Never Assume You’re Above The Rules.
You’d be surprised how many nurses and athletes I’ve worked with, in both clinical and non-clinical settings. If they need help with diet, exercise, and developing healthy habits – so do you. You might be proficient in one area of life and need a little boost in other areas. Career coaches, health coaches, and personal trainers are all trained to work with and understand people, rather than solely be a subject matter expert in one specific area.
6. Have A Daily Step Goal.
Have a daily step goal, and internalize the fact that the goal isn’t actually the steps themselves. At best, a step goal will help you burn off some calories, but won’t be a huge factor in helping you lose weight, build muscle, etc. The step goal is more about what happens to you and your brain when you set and achieve a goal.
7. Sun In The Morning, Moon At Night.
See the sun in the morning, and see the moon at night. We spend so much time indoors with artificial light, so even 30 minutes of sun first thing in the morning (before everything else) and 30 minutes of the moon at night (after everything else) can help you with circadian rhythm.
8. Avoid Fortune Telling.
Saying things like, “I will never,” or, “I will always,” are thought distortions known as fortune telling statements. These have a way of becoming self-fulfilling prophecies. Unseat core beliefs and change fortune telling statements to something more constructive. “I can’t do this yet,” or, “How might I go about achieving this?”
9. Don’t Assume You’re Right.
Be wise enough to stick to what works for you, but humble enough to listen to opposing ideas. If you think you want to one direction with a project or a plan, ask for feedback, and be open to being wrong. Let opposing ideas enhance your own position, rather than detract.
10. Recognize Limitations.
There is benefit in recognizing what you’re not good at and knowing the areas in which you might be weak. The moment you recognize a limitation as a limitation, you begin to transcend it. This can produce generative moments in which you get creative and use skills from other areas of your life as you begin to problem solve.