5 simple daily tasks you can do to jumpstart moving forward in your life

by | Apr 24, 2017 | Deserve to Thrive |

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I get to talk to a LOT of people who are in different phases of their self discovery journey.

 

 

Some have been in therapy or with coaches for years. Some have never even thought about personal development and are just getting their feet wet. Some have had difficult experiences as of late that have pushed them into their self discovery journey. And others have been on the path for a long time, trying to make it on their own.

 

 

No matter where you are in your self discovery journey, the most important thing is that you are on it, and you are making yourself a priority.

 

So GO YOU!

 

But if you are stuck on ways to start, unsure of your path, or just wavering in your belief that you can do it, I have 5 easy ways that can kickstart your self discovery journey and start you on your path towards your best self.

 

 

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Journal

Journaling is such an amazing way to explore your deepest inner thoughts. When I was going through a really tough time (a break up many years ago) I was in a position where I had none of my “people” around. I was in a foreign country and felt like I was slipping into a depression, something that I had never experienced in my life. Not only did I push myself to get out of my comfort zone and explore, but while I was doing it, I would dedicate a few hours a day to journaling. Yeah. I said a few hours. Now I know you don’t have that kind of time, and rest assured that you can make a lot of progress on only 10-15 minutes of journaling a day. What I found as I was journaling was astonishing. I was discovering parts of me that I never knew existed. Parts of me that had lay hidden and dormant. Wants and desires that I didn’t know I had. Values that I had left behind. And a strength that was inside of me all along, but was hesitant to come out. That is the power of journaling. And I encourage you, that if you are just beginning or are a few years in, journaling is ALWAYS going to be a life changer. If you’re up for a challenge, I am hosting a 14-day CHOOSE YOU challenge where I give you a journal prompt each day. The prompts are designed to push you for 10-15 minutes towards moving forward and uncovering what is beneath your surface. You can join here!

Gratitude

Gratitude is also something that changed my life. While reading the AMAZING book You are a Badass by Jen Sincero, she opened my eyes up to the power of pushing yourself in your gratitude. Before I read the book, I would TRY to write 3 things a day. I wasn’t very intentional about it, but maybe I would jot it down before bed in the memo app on my phone or just think about it and not even write it out. But she discusses choose TEN things that you are grateful for each day. TEN. I was mind blown by that. That is a LOT, but I thought, hey, I’ll try it. And WOW, it really changed my perspective. I was having to look at every little interaction or experience in my day because I had to come up with 10 of them to be grateful for each day. I started being more grateful for the little moments, I started thanking my husband for going to work every day (something I took for granted before), I started being more grateful for the connections I had. It was seriously life-changing. So I challenge you, choose 10 things you are grateful for each day. TEN. If you’d like a little structure to your gratitude journal, I have a free one in my Your Best Self workbook. You can grab it here. 

Connect.

This one is huge for me. One of my core desired feelings is connection. And I think this is so powerful when you are on your self discovery journey. You can be connecting with people every day if you set your intention to truly connect. You could go about your work day, hang out at home, or go through the motions of your day without truly connecting with someone. So it takes some intention. And this is HUGE in your personal development to make sure you are having quality, POSITIVE connections on a daily basis. You want to surround yourself with people that build you up. You want to be influenced by others that are also working on their personal development. You want to gain inspiration from close friends and family. So I encourage you to be intentional about it. Also, if you’re looking for a community of positive, uplifting people, come hang out in the Thrive PrideIt is my Facebook community where we are ALL on the self discovery journey and helping each other as we go.

Read.  

Reading is HUGE when it comes to your personal development and self discovery journey. Seriously huge. Almost integral to moving forward simply because there are so many amazing books out there that keep you in a constant state of learning and introspection. This rhythm of looking deep inside, thinking critically about your life, and learning ways to move forward is what creates the sustainability of change. It is what creates your ability to be in a constant state of growth. There are TONS of books out there and I will be starting my book club coming up soon, but in the meantime I wanted to start with two of my favorites, both which I believe are game-changers when it comes to moving forward in life. The first is the Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown. Brene Brown is SO POWERFUL in her ability to highlight our humanness and our fear of being vulnerable, which I feel are KEY to being able to become unstuck.  The second book is Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. This is actually a book I recently read and am currently beginning my journey in creating my own miracle morning, but what the book does is put into perspective the importance of spending time on your personal development and creating a space for YOU. I freakin love it. You can also join my Thrive Pride accountability group centered around creating your miracle morning and setting your intention to thrive each day.

Listen.  

Find a podcast that you love. Turn it on in the car. Be in a constant state of learning and development. I recently discovered the joy of podcasts when I kept hearing people not only ask which podcasts were great, but referring to themselves as podcast addicts”. I thought, hmm there must be something to this whole podcast thing, so I thought to give it a try. And I freakin love it. I have it in my habit tracker to listen to at least one podcast a day, and it’s actually a pretty easy habit to stick to since there are so many and I learn so much from them. A great resource is from Julie over at Hello Peaceful MindCheck it out here.  This was the resource I used when I first decided I wanted to explore podcasts and I have loved them all! I listen most regularly to Happier with Gretchen Rubin, but really recommend any of them.

 

 

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