It seems that the idea of good health is all you need to live a happy and meaningful life. But, no matter how much fibre is in your diet, or how many yoga classes you attend, you’ve still got to learn how to make the most out of what your body and mind has given you. It's not a one-size-fits-all approach. But what everybody can utilise is a minor increase in performance, physical and mental. But what can we do to maximise our performance in life, besides a healthy diet?
Pinning Down Your Exact Goals
People have very generalized goals. I want to get healthy, I want to get fit, I want to look good being but three, especially post-new year. But if you can decide as specifically as possible what you want to achieve, not only does this give you more focus towards the goal, this makes it more achievable. Targets in life help to provide a sense of concentration. Knowing what we want from something means that we can concentrate our efforts on it. A generalized ideal means a haphazard approach to everything.
Understanding Your Stress Triggers
While there's a lot of talk about stress being a big killer, only now are we getting an idea of how it affects, not just our mind, but our entire body. There are numerous ways to beat stress, from meditation, mindfulness, but a lot of these things won't begin to take effect until you know what your kryptonite is. We need to know what can set off a negative spiral. Once we know, we can do more to minimise those triggers, or to improve our response to them. From there, you can start using these stress techniques with a purpose. As something like meditation can be very difficult for a person who has high anxiety because they've been told to sit still and not listen to their thoughts, it's far better to start off with techniques that can get you into a relaxed frame of mind. Deep breathing is a good example. Know your weaknesses, so you can alter them or minimize your reaction to them.
Focus On Improvement, Little By Little
When we go to the gym after a long time away, the temptation can be to go from 0 to 100. This is the best way for you to never return to the gym ever again! The same goes in life, if you want to get good at something, you have to gradually acclimatise yourself to the environment. If you want to learn a language, make sure you do enough so that it's hard, but you are just about getting it done. The next time, you can go a little bit further, and so on. Much like when training a muscle, you go back to the gym and aim for 11 push-ups after you've successfully completed 10. Improvement in life is all about doing a little bit in the right direction.
To get good at something, we can look at numerous sources of inspiration, from our heroes to athletes, to the greatest minds, but we need to look at ourselves too!