Core Principle #1: Be intentional with your thoughts
“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
How can you be intentional with your thoughts? Negative thoughts come at us every day. This principle is about establishing actions that will inspire, motivate, and help us grow. Be intentional about tapping into your creative ideas. Seek out and surround yourself with people who generate positive momentum in your life. Practice the discipline of gratitude and positive thinking. This principle is about being intentional with what influences and shapes your thoughts about yourself, your circumstances and the environment around you.
Practical examples of Principle #1
- Take a course or a seminar
- Learn a new skill or talent
- Listen to uplifting, positive music or podcasts
- Participate in online training
- Watch an educational or inspirational video
- Read a book
- Seek a mentor
- Meditate or pray
- Listen to an audio book
- Engage in coaching or counseling
- Begin a gratitude journal
This is a list of general actions; however, be as specific as possible. Name a book you are going to read, identify a specific course or seminar, designate a specific person to be a mentor, determine a specific time to meditate each day, etc. The important thing is to turn the principle in to action.
Be intentional with your thoughts. You will be amazed at what you learn, how you grow, and where new thoughts will take you.
Core Principle #2: Be deliberate with your time and resources
“You have to decide what your highest priorities are, and have the courage – pleasantly, smiling, non-apologetically, to say “no” to other things. And the way to do that is by having a bigger “yes” burning inside.” — Stephen Covey
This principle is about aligning your time and resources with actions that will help you accomplish your goals. It is about identifying what you should say “yes” to and what you should say “no” to. It is about disciplining yourself to focus your time versus letting activity, commitments, and daily life overwhelm you.
Pick a couple areas over 31 days to be very deliberate on what you will say “no” to and what you will say “yes” to because it will help you accomplish your goals.
Are there events, activities, or commitments that you say “yes” to purely out of obligation? Are there responsibilities you have struggled with because they do not bring you energy, joy, or passion? Are there people in your life that drain your energy just by spending time with them? These are all areas to seriously examine and to evaluate when to say “yes” and when to say “no.”
Practical examples of Principle #2
- Establish actions and behaviors to say “yes” to
- Establish actions and behaviors to say “no” to
Another way to live this principle is being deliberate on where you spend your money. Being deliberate with your resources not only includes an assessment of where you spend your time, but also where you spend your money.
This principle is about being realistic about your needs and wants. It is about making short-term sacrifices for long-term goals. It is about maximizing the value of your dollars and cents. It is about controlling your time and money versus letting it control you.
Core Principle #3: Be purposeful in how you treat your body
This principle defines the term “body” in a broad sense. It is the whole body – physical, mental, and spiritual. This principle is about building self-respect and self-worth. If we have respect and worth for who we are on the inside, we will demonstrate this self-respect by how we treat our physical body.
Practically speaking, being purposeful in how you treat your body means taking actions that nourish your overall well-being. This includes eating right, exercising, and proactively managing your health and wellness. This is also about feeling good in your skin and looking good in your outward appearance. It means we are being purposeful to take care of our inner spirit. It is about building self-confidence, starting from the inside, and is reflected in your outward appearance.
When you feel good, you look good. When you look good, you feel good. They go hand-in-hand. Often when we don’t feel we are taking care of our body, it can have a negative impact on our self-esteem. Taking actions that take care of your physical body can affect how you feel about yourself. When we care about ourselves, we care enough about ourselves to take care of our physical bodies.
Practical examples of Principle #3:
- Schedule a physical
- Join a gym or participating in a weight-loss program
- Eat healthy
- Engage in physical activities
- Proactively manage stress
- Drink 8 – 8 oz glasses of water each day
- Sign up for a nutrition program