One thing is for sure: What worked to get you to one level will not get you to the next.
Every phase of your life will require a different you, and regardless of where you are at, you’ll have to change at least one thing (if not multiple things) to catapult yourself to where you hope to go personally and professionally.
In this video with my business partner, we talk about the small tweaks we both can make to our days that will change the way we run ourselves, the team, and our business opportunities.
Then, read on for the 7 steps you can start taking every day to take your own life to the next level.
How will you take your life and business to the next level?
Start by acknowledging where you’re rocking it right now. Personally, I’ve already got some great habits in place.
I’m up by 6:15 with the snooze most every morning. I keep my phone out of the bedroom and spend those first minutes checking in with my energy levels and setting goals for the day in my journal. I exercise regularly and keep an eye on my diet. Those habits helped me get to where I am now, but it’s time to step it up.
Now, here are the 7 steps you can take to get to the next level:
Yes, I’ve got some good habits but I have to practice them consistently. The same goes for my business partner Mandy and the same goes for you.
In my case, I need to get consistent about sticking to my good habits when I’m traveling or have particular projects that shake up the routine. Sure, life happens, but the more consistent we can be with positive habits, the more likely we are to stick with them and reach next level success.
What good habits do you have that you stick to 70-80% of the time? Where would being more consistent about that behavior help you succeed?
2. Be a total hawk about your activity.
When my AD/HD takes over, I leave drawers open, water running, coffee half poured, and find myself folding laundry when 5 minutes before I was working on a big project.
It’s not easy, but the more I can zone in on what I’m doing, the more likely I will be to stay focused.
On these days, you’ll find me counting back 5-4-3-2-1 often because that totally brings me back to the moment.
Even if you don’t have AD/HD, we all need to closely monitor our activity. When your electronics are constantly distracting you, it’s important to be mindful of where you’re spending your energy and attention.
3. Limit social media time.
As an influencer, social media plays a big role in what I do, but it can be a major time suck.
Hiring a social media team has helped, but even just putting my phone far away from me when it’s time to work has made such a difference.
When I feel really pulled in, I remove the apps from my phone and stop scrolling mindlessly. It’s amazing what I get done in that time.
In your own life, try to set tech limits. Condense all of your social media or internet surfing time into one block and download an app like “Moment” on your phone to become more aware of your media consumption habits.
4. Check your lifestyle habits.
Science keeps proving how important exercise and diet are to focus and emotional health and I need both of those if I’m going to step it up.
As often as possible I get major walking steps in or hit my favorite spin class, limit alcohol to weekends, drink gut-boosting kombucha and plenty of water, and eat clean with a whole lot of vegetables.
You don’t need that much time to get in a good workout–even just one minute of jumping jacks will get your heart pumping and blood flowing!
5. Wake up earlier.
6 am is great (when I currently wake up), but 5:45 is better.
As long as I’m in bed in time to get 7-8 hours of sleep, I can use that extra time for planning out my day so I can feel like a champ.
The easiest way to start waking up earlier is to just set your alarm earlier for tomorrow. You may be tired for a day, but just follow your tiredness and get to bed early that next night. Oh, and don’t hit snooze!
6. Monday check-in meetings.
On our team, we’ve found that implementing Monday check in meetings has been a game changer. While each member of the team is great about autonomy, checking in every week is essential so we all get clarity around expectations and projects being worked on. The consistent connection also allows us to feel more like a team.
In your own life, each Monday, check in with yourself about where you’re at and what your goals are for the week.
I also have weekly checkins with my husband and business partner Mandy. Where in your life would you benefit from a weekly checkin?
7) What would your idol do?
The good thing about taking a business to the next level is that others have done it before you.
If I get to a point in my day where I don’t feel like doing something, I start by reminding myself that motivation is garbage and then I ask myself, What would Oprah do? Or Ellen Degeneres. These two women are my idols in business.
Once I remind myself that those I admire and respect have worked hard to get to where they are and did not wait to feel like doing the work, it’s much easier to get moving again.
Who are your idols–whether in business, relationships, life, or health? When you find yourself feeling tired or not wanting to do something, imagine what your idol would do.
Now, how will you step it up in the next phase of YOUR life?