Achieving Your Goals and Living Your Best Life
20/03/2017 5:56 PM
Can you believe we are already three months into 2017? If your New Year's resolutions are a distant memory, this is for you! Hayley Wilson shares her advice on achieving your goals and living your best life. Being mindful about whether you are on track or if your goals need some work is as simple as giving them some attention and checking in every few weeks. You are the only person who can truly hold yourself accountable. So how do you foster the self-motivation to stay true to bringing your resolutions to life no matter what the time of year? Here are Hayley's tips…
Feel amazing on the inside
• Visit fruit and vegetable markets before the grocery store. This way you will be more likely to eat wholesome, simple, fresh, unprocessed food. This often involves less cooking and preparation too, as salads, smoothies and juices are so easy! Eating well ensures your mind and body are functioning at the best level possible.
• Make physical activity a part of your daily life. Many of us have very busy schedules but if you make fitness a priority it will soon become such a huge part of your life that you can’t live without it. We all know exercise makes us feel better from the inside out and releases amazing feel-good endorphins, so who wouldn’t want this feeling every single day!
Feel amazing on the outside
• Fuelling your body with highly nutritious whole foods and exercising regularly will ultimately lead to making you feel confident and amazing on the outside too. Try to envisage the end goal (perhaps this is to gain more energy from eating well, or to be more toned) and then use this picture as motivation.
• We have all heard the saying ‘fake it till you make it’. As someone who works in the spotlight, I am a huge believer in this. I truly believe that over time, faking confidence actually develops your inner confidence as you start to project positive affirmations about yourself by habit. Share a huge smile with a stranger, move closer to the front of your workout class instead of the back, and remind yourself of why you are worthy. Why not try wearing bolder or simply different colours you secretly love that you might not usually and see what it does for your mood and your confidence. You will most likely pick up compliments along the way, and in this case, don’t be self deprecating but accept the compliment gracefully and smile! If you are feeling confident enough to take on the world, you are more likely to check in with your goals and truly commit yourself to what you want in life.
• Having confidence and self-respect has positive flow on effects. Finding the silver lining in EVERY situation is a real skill, but this glass half full approach really makes you more resilient when situations don’t go as planned. Ultimately, you are less likely to let setbacks affect your long term goals.
• If this doesn’t come naturally to you, set yourself the task of finding the positive in every situation, every day. Apply it to situations like running late and missing your workout class, running out of milk or being stuck in traffic. The ability to find a positive spin on perceived negative experiences is a special skill, which will benefit you for the rest of your life.
• And not just online! Try not to rely on social media to catch up with the important people in your life. Make time to meet your loved ones face to face to gain that true connection. Let them know your goals so they can hold you accountable. However, our connected society makes it so much easier to be social, so also use this to your advantage. If you do use social media, use it as a tool to connect with friends and family you’re desperately overdue to catch up with. It’s good for your health to keep strong social ties and great for your self-esteem to share some of your goals with others in your life. It will definitely help you feel more accountable.
There is a common thread woven through my 5 tips above. For me, goals are all about fulfilling bite-sized daily tasks that can easily turn into positive ongoing habits. I hope these tips all become a part of your life, that you WANT to do for yourself and nobody else!
Hayley works as a Producer and Presenter in the television and media industry allowing her to write and tell stories, and help others share theirs. She loves the exciting, fast paced and commercial nature of the Australian media industry and the opportunities it presents. She is always interested in the ever changing online environment along with social and digital media platforms. She loves to travel and be outdoors, which is where most of her experience lies.
You'll also find her adventures on Instagram as @hayley.w