Self-Improvement is a guided ultra-marathon which requires constant steady motion with the occasional water-break and recharge. It is multi-faceted with different obstacles, not much different from some of the more difficult trails that decorate our beloved Shawangunk Mountain range. But just like any trail, it all begins with taking small steps and integrating NEW GOOD HABITS into the life you have right now.
Current best-selling author, James Clear, of Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones, is a leading expert on habit formation and reformation. Clear’s book gave me a great piece of advice when it came to how I am helping myself create a better me. One’s environment is the invisible hand that shapes human behavior. Creating a positive environment offers great potential to help “Future You.”
So how do we incorporate small changes every day and gather enough positive energy to not only help ourselves, but also our environment?
It’s not as daunting as it might sound. It’s actually very doable.
4 Small Changes you can enact NOW to help
1. Guided Meditations
I do mine before falling asleep to help me sleep better. But guided meditations can be done anytime, for any length of time. Available free on Youtube or for a small fee on streaming services like iTunes, doing a guided meditation can help you relax and think in a more conducive way. There are a variety of different meditations to assist in whatever ails you, from insomnia, to positive thinking, to de-stressing from financial worries, and even to journeys for children. To start, check out TheHonestGuys, or contact Sharon Rosen, one of our EPIC Members, who owns local business, Heart of Self-Care or Michael LaFemina of Golden Light Acupuncture, PC.
Writing, sketching, or coloring on paper to express whatever you’re feeling and thinking is a great way to release anger and sadness. It’s also a catalog of your activities, and a record of what works for you. It’s a way to help give you clarity on what is important, helps organize your thoughts and look ahead to what excites you. There are a variety of different journals available in any craft shop and bookstore. The best place to start is to go online to find what type of journal makes sense for your lifestyle and then go to your favorite stationary place and find a journal that speaks to you.
3. Make time for creativity
Improving your “inner space” can often be sparked by improving your “outer space.” Start by thinking artistically and incorporating creative elements into your day-to-day planning. Taking a few minutes every day to do things that make you smile or remind you to breathe is a great way to start. What is your creative outlet? If you don’t know……PLAY. Write, draw, paint, sing, dance, make a collage or vision board, cook, walk in the woods…..you get the idea.
If you find that you are struggling with managing your To-Do lists, or you can’t figure out where or when creativity could POSSIBLY fit in with your busy schedule, consider learning “Effective Strategy Blueprints” at our March 12th Brainery Event with Julie and Nicole! A little Creative Planning goes a long way by completely reinvigorating stale To-Do lists and encourage action.
4. Socializing with Strangers
Of all four tasks, this one can easily be the most nerve-wracking, but it doesn’t have to be! This one is as easy as clicking on our EPIC Events page! Our events are often open to the public and range from fun Game Nights, to Business Classes, to Pop-Ups! We have activities to accommodate various interests, and our focus is always, always, always on COMMUNITY! Join us to meet with like-minded folks who want the same things as you do: to create a better “Future You!”
Check out our EPIC Events!
Whether you’re looking for accountability, business tips, community, or a creative outlet, we’ve likely got something in store for you. We hope to see you around sometime soon 😉