Joined: 13 Dec 2006
Location: Cleveland, OH
|Posted: Dec Sun 17, 2006 3:05 pm Post subject: Be Your Very Best!!
|Be Your Very Best!!
The Top 10 Ways to Be Your Very Best
1. Practice extreme self-care.
In its simplest form, extreme self-care means taking exceptional care of yourself even before you care for others. You're no good to others if you let yourself become fatigued or ill. It's better that you become a model for those in your life by taking care of yourself.
2. Create 10 delightful daily habits.
These 10 habits will help you with your extreme self-care. List 10 habits you'll do each and every day that you find delightful. Some examples of delightful habits are listening to beautiful music, writing in your journal, eating well - you decide. Write them down and do them every day.
3. Get rid of stuff you don't need.
Too much stuff and too much clutter make it hard for us to see what we have. If you don't need it, recycle, donate, or toss it. Some exceptions are allowed but be ruthless.
4. Get rid of commitments you don't want.
You know the ones I'm talking about - the ones where you cringed when you agreed to take them on. Find a good time to stop one of these commitments and do it. Then use the time to do something rewarding.
5. Be clear on what you want for your life.
This might be the toughest one of the list but it's the most important. Write down the things you want for your life. If they're material items such as a house or a new car, ask yourself what is it that these possessions represent to you? Is it security, prestige, or something else? Hire a personal coach if you need help with this step.
6. Get organized.
If you've gotten rid of stuff you don't need, this step will be much easier. You'll gain a lot of time if you're not constantly searching for things. Create an organizational scheme that works for you. Hire a professional organizer if you're not sure how.
7. Take care of your needs.
There are basic needs we all have - food, water, clothing, and shelter. And there are the other needs that are more individual - respect, security, prestige. Make sure all of your needs are met.
8. Eliminate things you are putting up with.
Start by making a list of 25 things that you're tolerating - a dirty car, a squeaky door, a picture that won't hang straight. Then pick the 10 easiest ones to take care of and fix them now. Believe it or not, these tolerations are bothering you more than you know. Notice what happens and how you feel when you take care of the first ten. Keep working on your list.
9. Celebrate your successes.
This is important! Celebrate your successes all the time. Find great ways to appreciate yourself for everything you do. Give yourself a pat on the back or buy yourself a present.
10. Laugh often.
I hope that laughing made it on your list of 10 delightful habits but just in case it didn't, I included it here. Laughing makes us feel good, brings health benefits, and makes the world look brighter. Create a laugh list - a list of things that make you laugh, and use it when you need a laugh.
Submitted by Jeness Ruhanen, Professional Coach, who can be reached at