8 Ways To Be A Healthy Success

July 7, 2011

in Health

How many of you challenge yourself to do something and then within a few days, the challenge goes sour? Well, I challenged myself to exercise 30 minutes a day for 21 days. I started off doing great, but within a few days, I exercised less and less. Am I a failure?

woman shows her success

Yeah, I did it!

I am only a failure when I give up, and I have not given up.  I want success in this area of my life and I will conquer the couch potato syndrome, one day at a time.  How will I stick with exercising for 21 days.  Well, first I must visualize myself exercising everyday and see myself completing this challenge.

To some of you, I failed in my 21 day challenge,  but let’s look at in another way.  It gives me time to re-group, take note of my distractions and plan accordingly.

Today, you will learn 8 ways that will help you be a healthy success.  And being a healthy success, does not always mean losing weight.  As you can see, I want to stop being a couch potato and exercise everyday.

1.  Do not give up.  You will never know if you will succeed if you throw up your hands and surrender.  You must hold on and do whatever you must do, to reach success.  I could have given up while working on my graduate degree, but I kept pushing.

2.  Be positive. Easier said than done, huh?  But you must always stay positive and believe in yourself.  Your success depends on it.  Positive thoughts and actions brings about positive results, which leads to your being successful.  Don’t let another day go by without being positive.

3.  Learn all you can. How will you be a success in any area of your life, let alone be a healthy success, if you don’t have a clue where to begin.  I remember when I wanted to become a vegetarian.  I had no clue how I would do it.  Whenever I had spare time, I was reading everything I could get my hands on so I could succeed at being a vegetarian.  Whatever it is, make sure you learn all you can.

4.  Read success stories and testimonies. There is nothing more inspiring and motivating than learning how someone else achieved success.  I don’t know about you, but success stories put fire under your butt, so much so, that you will do whatever it takes to make your success become reality.  Don’t ever push these stories aside, take them to heart and apply those lessons to your own life.

5.  Be accountable to a family member of a close friend. You probably think that accountability is impossible, but it does work.  It works well if you have someone who will not go easy on you.  Select your accountability partner wisely, because you want success and this person must be one who will hold you accountable.  Don’t get upset with them when they are being hard on you, just grin and bear it.

6.  Watch videos on YouTube. Yes, I am sending you to You Tube.  You can find people on You Tube challenging themselves to change things in their lives and they are brave enough to share it with the world.  Here’s another example:  I get inspired to exercise after watching others exercise.  It is usually a challenge for them to do what they are doing and I think to myself, “if they can do it, surely I can do it.”

7.  Visualize your success. If you can see yourself doing those exercises, then you will exercise.  Visualizing your success is very powerful.  Let’s travel back in time to when I was a graduate student, contemplating giving up.  Each time I ran my laboratory experiment for my thesis research, it was a fail.  One day the experiment worked.  Why?  Because I visualized success and of course I prayed a lot.  :)

8.  Go where your success is. If you want to eat healthier, then connect with those who are eating healthy.  This will give you the motivation you need to succeed.  If you want to exercise on a regular basis, then get with others who are successful in this area.  I think you know where I am going with this.  Rub elbows with those who are successful.  They don’t have to tell you how they achieved their success, just observe how they do things and pretty soon, you will learn their keys to success.

Question to Ponder

What are you working on and how will you be a success?  It doesn’t matter if it is small or big, everyone wants to achieve success.  Remember you can, because you will!

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Evelyn Parham July 9, 2011 at 1:00 pm

@Mywritingworld Hi Ms. Fran! Thank you! Visualizing is powerful, because it motivates you to go ahead and do it. ;)

Take care,

Evelyn

Evelyn Parham July 9, 2011 at 12:59 pm

@onhighheelsprez Absolutely…we must go through some heat to reach success. Thanks, Donina!

Evelyn Parham July 9, 2011 at 12:58 pm

The last part is referring to success. Remember you can….succeed, because you will…succeed.@MaksymLogvin

Evelyn Parham July 9, 2011 at 12:57 pm

@annedreshfield Hi Anne! Yes, it most definitely can be extended to every part of our lives. Thanks!

Evelyn Parham July 9, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Okay! @MaksymLogvin

Evelyn Parham July 9, 2011 at 12:55 pm

@bethbaroody Hi Beth! I like that you mention looking at the goal as a detour. And that it doesn’t mean will give up and call it quits. I like that, Beth!

Take care,

Evelyn

Evelyn Parham July 9, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Hi Jill,

It is amazing how seeing others do things inspire and motivate us to get our gears in motion.

Thanks for chiming in and sharing!

Evelyn

Mywritingworld July 9, 2011 at 10:21 am

Hi Evelyn:

What a wonderful post you have got and everyone can use something out of it. I liked readitng the post. all strategies are best. I like visualizing and the last question to ponder, so I may find to work with that fits me the best. Keep up with the web.

Fran A

onhighheelsprez July 7, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Hi Evelyn:

Love this post! No’s 1, 4 and 8 are ones I definitely hang onto. We can’t know success unless we go through some heat. And we definitely can’t recognize it if we aren’t exposed to it through the stories of others. Great job here! I’m going to put on my Facebook!

Thanks,

Donina

annedreshfield July 7, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Love this, particularly #8. My health habits are almost always dictated by the people around me. I’m sure that can be extended into other parts of life, too.

MaksymLogvin July 7, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Thanks for all the answers:) In fact, learned a lot. That is only until the end and did not understand what and where.

bethbaroody July 7, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Evelyn,

I think that you touch on some very important points here. For me, ditching the all or nothing attitude is what leads to success. Life is going to happen and sometimes get in the way of our goals, but like you said, you need to be positive. If I get derailed from a goal (which happens more often than not) I try to look at it as a detour than an end. Just cause I didn’t exercise today or even yesterday like I had planned, doesn’t mean I can’t do it tomorrow.

You Tube, eh? Alright, if you say so ;-)

Jill Tooley from QLP Blog July 7, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Thanks, Evelyn! I was just thinking about this yesterday…I need to get off of the couch and onto my exercise equipment. It seems like I say “I’ll do that tomorrow” every single day, and that needs to stop!

Negative criticism never inspires me (actually, it has the opposite effect) and it’s tough when people say mean things about pounds gained – that makes me want to eat even more! So, thank you for suggesting that we read success stories of people who have been in the same situation and achieved their goals. Nothing helps me more than that because it urges me to follow in their footsteps. And like you said, if they can do it, why can’t we? :)

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