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How to: Take Charge of Your Life.

keys-to-happiness_o_1511909When an article is discussing work-life balance, the subject is often directed to working mothers. However, Andy Core’s advice to change your life is for everyone who may be overwhelmed or discouraged with their day.

For instance, everyone has now finished up their holiday season, and soon we will all embark upon the most dreary months of the year. Because when the holidays have ended and the lights are packed up, we’re left with three months of winter and no opportunity to take a vacation. Many of us will hit a lull in our day to day lives that make us feel like we’re on autopilot. Maintaining an upbeat and motivated perspective may seem impossible.

1.) Reflect

However, studies show that if you feel yourself slipping back into bad patterns for whatever reason, be it depression, lack of motivation or just plain fatigue, the best way to get back on the wagon is to reflect back to a point in your life that made you feel happy. When were things going well? If you keep a journal on a regular basis, this might be an easy exercise. However, if you tend to live life by the moment, and don’t take time to reflect on a regular basis, this may take more time.

Either way, just remember the times that you felt the best about you. One great article I read yesterday suggested that we change things according to how we did things as a child. Check it out here. What were you doing differently that you fail to do now? Were you cooking meals with your family? Were you exercising? How much TV were you watching? How much sleep were you getting? Were you prioritizing your relationships? Were you excited about your job?

2.) Reformat

All these questions relate you the minipatterns you’ve designed. If you haven’t stuck to the most beneficial ones, then you most likely won’t be in a good mindset. Therefore, to stay energized at work during this next year, focus on the small, daily habits that you know you should do. Putting technology on the backburner could help significantly. Get your blood flowing with exercise to feel the excitement of health, oxygen and stress relief. Eat mindfully both at work and at home. Practice gratitude.

Picture this for a moment. A three-year old has your laptop in its grubby hands getting ready to bang on the screen, drop it or get the keys sticky with food. You’d freak out, right? You’d instantly take your laptop back, assess the damage and take control of the situation.

Sadly, it seems that we care about electronic devises more than ourselves.  Due to whatever reason, we often continue to let our life be out of sync for years at a time. We give the laptop to the toddler.

I’m not asking you to freak out about changing your life, but I am asking you to value your peace of mind, health and community at least as much as an electronic device. You have the power to assess the damage and create daily habits slowly in order to change your life.

The hardest part is getting started. The worst thing you can do is get overwhelmed by a huge list of things to do. Once you have the motivation of one small adjustment, a tailwind affect will occur and change will snowball with that momentum. One encouragement will serve as a catalyst for transformation. Just change one thing in your day, and if you keep it up, in time, you’ll have reached an amazing goal.

 

Eight Tips from a Keynote Speaker to Maintain Health and Wellness

 

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance.

Ever look at a keynote speaker and wonder how they manage to stay so healthy? Expert speaker Andy Core shares eight tips that will help anyone to better reach their goals. And it’s not as hard as you might think. In other words, you don’t have to do extreme workouts every day or only eat lettuce. No, the habits Andy follows are just small changes that will tweak your day and make you your best self.

  1. Cook your own food and bring your lunch from home. Not only do you save a ton of money making your own meals, but also you get total control over the food you eat.
  2. Make time for exercise. Aim to get at least 30 minutes a day. It doesn’t have to be hard. It just has to be something. Take a walk. It will improve your mindset and your health. Need some motivation? Get a dog. Their energy will make you take them for a walk, or risk going insane.
  3. Sleep properly. Not only should you get the prescribed 7-9 hours of sleep a night, but do it at the same time each night and don’t hit the snooze button in the morning. Do this and your body will eventually feel like it has an internal alarm clock. You’ll love the way your mornings feel when this happens.
  4. Moderate your alcohol intake. You don’t have to give up alcohol altogether, but stay on the easy side of consumption. Too much, and it can interfere with your health and work performance. Plus, we all hate hangovers.
  5. Quit smoking. Lighting up is one of the worst things you can do to your body, as it costs you dearly in both your long- and short-term health. Stub out and watch how better you feel.
  6. Go outside. Soak in that vitamin D and feel great about your day. Spending time outdoors, even if it’s just a simple walk, will jumpstart positive brain activity and boost your happiness hormones. Simple scientific advice for a happy life.
  7. Do something every day that scares you. Okay, maybe not literally, but if you’re living a dull life that is stuck in a routine and refuses to take risks, you’re bored. And when you’re bored, you’re unmotivated and lacking energy. So do something different. Especially if it gets your adrenaline going.
  8. Enjoy Yourself. Yep. Take time every day to do something relaxing and enjoyable. The benefit your life will experience with this approach to life will significantly change your day. If everything is serious, you can hardly be happy. So find some way to bring in a bright spot to your day. Everyday.

Follow these eight small changes to improve your health and wellness and experience big results. Start slowly, build on the momentum of small successes, and be on your way to feeling good. Just remember that each habit you want to change must be consistently met with action. Big changes require small actions everyday.

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Effective Goal Achieving Habits from Leadership Speakers

One of the key factors in achieving anything is time management. Leadership speakers often highlight the importance of time.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being, and Peak Human Performance.

Leadership speakers often reiterate that time management is the key in establishing a purposeful life with results. Here are some effective tips on time management.

Establish a Long Term Plan

In life, the major reason why we tend to be failures is mainly that we lose sight of our goals. As an individual, you should be in a position to see where you are going with your life and what you are set to achieve. Leadership speakers say that a long-term plan can help you maintain your focus and identify areas where you are going off track. Revising this plan from time to time can save you a lot of time that you could be using too rethink your goals and set new ones.

Self-Rewards

The key to achieving your life goals is to set mini objectives that lead to the main goal. You need to reward yourself in order to stay motivated. Use these goals as checkpoints to see how determined you are to achieve more. Lastly, make sure you concentrate on one thing at a time. It is no secret that when you are focused on one thing, you are bound to be more effective. Leadership speakers will tell you that multi-tasking is not always the solution and will often leave both tasks lacking.

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